Thursday, May 9, 2013
LAPD Officer-Involved Shooting in Carson NR13149an
Los Angeles: On April 29, 2013, around 2:40 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department, Newton Patrol officers observed a gray 2004 Buick SUV, driving erratically. When the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver and sole occupant 40 year-old Marcus George fled and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
As additional Newton Area patrol officers joined the pursuit, the driver/suspect collided with a Nissan Altima at Vernon and Grand Avenues and continued, failing to stop. The driver of the Nissan subsequently left the scene and has not been identified. The pursuit continued into the City of Carson where the suspect lost control of his vehicle and collided with the front porch of a residence in the 400 block of Double Street. The suspect fled the vehicle and was observed entering a residence. Shortly thereafter, Newton Patrol officers entered the residence and saw the suspect with a handgun. The officers retreated from the residence, established a perimeter and requested Metropolitan Division SWAT to respond for a barricaded suspect. During the course of the next several hours after their arrival, SWAT officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect prior to deploying multiple rounds of CS gas and less-lethal munitions into the residence.
Early, April 30, 2013 around 1 a.m., SWAT police officers were positioned on a rooftop east of the residence when they saw the suspect point a handgun at them through a window in a bedroom and officer-involved shooting ensued. A short time later the suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported George to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries not related to the OIS. A SWAT officer was also transported for treatment of a compound fracture to a finger that occurred during the entry to the residence.
Force Investigation Division detectives responded and are investigating the OIS. Central Traffic Division detectives responded and are investigating the vehicle pursuit.
The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.