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News Release

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Media Relations

Off-Duty Officer-Involved Shooting NR11076rf

Los Angeles: On February 14, 2011, at 11:45 p.m., an off-duty LAPD South Traffic Division police officer, three years and seven months with the Department, parked his personal car in the area of Denker Avenue and West 224th Street.  As he was getting out of his vehicle, he saw a man on the sidewalk running towards him armed with a handgun. The suspect pointed the handgun in the officer’s direction, and an officer-involved shooting (OIS) occurred.  The suspect was struck by gunfire and fell on the sidewalk.  

LAFD paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Miguel Sanchez.  The off-duty officer was not injured. The name of the officer will not be released at this time as there are outstanding suspects in the case.

Detectives from the Department’s Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation into the OIS.  

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 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.