Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Officer-Involved Shooting Occurs in Harbor NR13225cjJuly 9, 2013
UPDATEThe officers involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Leslie Perez, Max Lasswell, Garrett Pascolla, Randy Blandford and Antonio Julio.
Los Angeles: LAPD Harbor Area officers were involved in an Officer Involved Shooting while investigating a man with a gun call.
On June 30, 2013, around 2:55 p.m., uniformed Harbor Area patrol officers, responded to a back-up request of a “Man with a gun” in the 1200 block West 15th Street in San Pedro. The officers approached the location and observed the suspect exiting a rear bedroom holding a handgun. One of the officers verbalized with the suspect who then pointed the handgun at him and an OIS ensued between the officer and the suspect. The suspect, who was later identified as 26 year-old Cash Ferguson-Cassidy, was struck by gunfire and fell to the ground where he was taken into custody. Los Angeles Fire Department rescue ambulance responded and transported the suspect to a local hospital where he received medical treatment.
The involved officer was not injured. A 9mm semi-automatic pistol was recovered from where Ferguson-Cassidy was taken into custody.
Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting. Robbery Homicide Division detectives have also responded and are investigating the crimes against the officers.
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.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged 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.