newsroom 2004 archives january 2004
 
NEWS ARCHIVES
 
HOME
 
CRIME MAPPING
 
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
 
E-POLICING
 
JOIN THE TEAM
 
LAPD BLOG
 
LAPD EQUIPMENT
 
LAPD SPORTS
 
LAPD TV
 
NEWSROOM
 
OUR COMMUNITIES
 
POLICE COMMISSION
 
REPORT A CRIME
 
SOLVE A CRIME
 
SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING
 
SUPPORT LAPD
 
TRAFFIC
 
INSIDE THE LAPD

 
 
 
GET INFORMED
 
Alarm School
 
Contact Us
 
Crime Mapping and COMPSTAT
 
Crime Prevention
 
Domestic Violence
 
FAQs
 
For Your Family
 
Gang Injunctions
 
I Want to Know
 
LAPD General Fund Contracts
 
LAPD Adult Missing Persons Unit
 
Most Wanted
 
Read the Beat Magazine
 
Social Media
 
Sworn and Civilian Report
 
Trademark
 
Year in Review
 
Youth Programs

 

Disclaimer:
The LAPDonline.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of the LAPDonline.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.

 

News Release
Friday, January 23, 2004
Media Relations
   
   
Officer-Involved Shooting With Murder Suspect

 

Los Angeles: On Monday, January 19, 2004, at about 12:35 p.m., Van Nuys Area patrol officers responded to a woman screaming for help in the 13900 block of Sherman Way. Upon arrival the officers located an adult female, who said she had been kidnapped and raped. The victim described the suspect as a male White, bald, with distinctive tattoos. The victim also told the officers that the body of a dead person was in the back of the suspect’s vehicle. Officers located the vehicle and found a dead body wrapped in a rug in the cargo area of the vehicle. The victim has been identified as Edith Mejia, a 42 year old resident of Los Angeles.

Due to the nature of the crimes, detectives from Robbery-Homicide Division were assigned to investigate. Detectives identified the suspect as Paul Alan Ott, a White male, 35 years of age. The Special Investigations Squad worked with Robbery-Homicide Detectives in an effort to locate Ott.

Through a continuous investigative effort, assisted by personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during the early morning hours of Thursday, January 22, 2004, detectives tracked suspect Ott to an apartment building at 7130 Hollywood Boulevard.

At about 1:30 a.m., personnel from Special Investigations Squad tactically deployed to secure the perimeter of the apartment building, an arrest team was positioned at the front door where Ott was staying. Detectives entered through the front door, at which time Ott attempted to escape through a second floor kitchen window into a rear parking lot. Detective Alejandro Arredondo, 38 years of age, 16 years with the Department and Detective Armando Romero, 38 years of age, 14 years with the Department, were deployed in the rear parking area. Detective Arredondo saw Ott open the rear kitchen window, push the screen out from the window opening and began to exit. Detective Arredondo identified himself as police and ordered Ott to stop. Ott failed to comply as he thrust his right arm and torso through the window into Detective Arredondo’s direction.. In the belief the suspect was armed with a firearm, and was preparing to shoot, Detective Arredondo fired two rounds from his service pistol at Ott, missing him. Ott continued through the window and jumped down to the parking lot below and ran eastbound towards Detective Romero who was positioned at the rear southeast corner of the parking. Ott ignored the detective’s commands to stop and charged forward while raising and lowering his hands toward his waistband. In the belief that Ott was arming himself with a firearm and was preparing to use deadly force, Detective Romero fired a single round at Ott, missing him. Ott stopped his forward advance, then turned away from Detective Romero and as he continued to move his hands to the front of his torso. In the belief, the suspect was attempting to arm himself, Detective Romero stepped forward and delivered a front kick to Ott’s buttocks area. Ott fell to the ground and was taken into custody. It was subsequently determined Ott was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

Ott was transported by Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was examined for complained of pain to his back and legs. Ott was released from the hospital and was booked at the Los Angeles County Jail for 187(A) PC (Murder). His bail was set at $1,000,000.

Department personnel were not injured during the incident.

This news advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.



     
 Follow @LAPDHQ  LAPD on Facebook
 Follow @lapolicefdtn
 
contact us  /  terms & conditions  /  los angeles police foundation
 
+ Powered By Radar Blue | © 2014 City of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Police Foundation Los Angeles Police Foundation