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News Release

Monday, December 29, 2014

Media Relations

Officer Involved Shooting in 77th Division NR14489an

January 5, 2015

Updated: The officer involved in the incident below has been identified as Police Officer II Michael Barragan, Serial No. 40510 assigned to 77th Division.

Los Angeles:
LAPD officers involved in shooting after hearing shots and observing muzzle flash.

On Sunday, December 28, 2014, around 9:20 p.m., two officers from the 77th Street Division were driving their black and white police vehicle south on Hoover Avenue near 62nd Street. As the officers approached 62nd street they heard gunfire and saw the flash from a muzzle at which time an officer involved shooting occurred.

Following the officer involved shooting, two suspects ran from the area and the officers went in pursuit of the suspects. A perimeter was established to search for the suspects and one person of interest was detained and ultimately arrested for 246 of the Penal Code, shooting at an occupied vehicle. The person arrested has been identified as Christopher Taylor, DOB 02-20-1996. The investigation and search for the outstanding suspect will continue.

A handgun and riffle were recovered at the scene along with numerous expended bullet casings. No officers were injured, nor was the suspect who was arrested.

Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved-shooting. The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Departments use-of-force policy which states that an officer's use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved-shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.