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News Release

Monday, October 3, 2016

Media Relations

Officer Involved Shooting in South Los Angeles NRF063-16bm

November 23, 2016


The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer III Leovardo Guillen, Serial No. 38355.

October 4, 2016 NRF063-16ma


At Chief of Police Charlie Beck's direction, we are sharing surveillance video depicting a portion of the foot pursuit prior to the officer involved shooting that occurred in the 77th Street Area on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. While the Los Angeles Police Department has a long standing practice of not releasing video evidence pending administrative and criminal investigations, the Chief is exercising his discretion to release video in the interest of public safety.

**The following information is based on a preliminary, ongoing investigation which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: On October 1, 2016, around 12:58 p.m., LAPD officers from Metropolitan Division observed a vehicle with paper plates and attempted to conduct an investigative traffic stop. For some reason, that vehicle failed to yield and the officers broadcasted that they were in pursuit of a possible stolen vehicle. Near the intersection of 106th Street and Western Avenue, the vehicle stopped and two male Black suspects exited and fled on foot in different directions. The officers focused their attention on one of the suspects and went in foot pursuit of that suspect. The officers chased the suspect to the rear of a residence in the 1700 block of 107th Street, at which time an officer involved shooting occurred.

Paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect dead at scene.

No officers were injured and a handgun was recovered at scene.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division is conducting a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting which will be presented to the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force and tactics employed by the officers complied with LAPD's policies and procedures. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will also review the evidence collected during the investigation to determine whether any criminal laws were violated.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program