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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Man found Dead inside a Residence after Shooting an Officer NR11148rh

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), officers, became involved in an officer involved shooting early Monday morning after a suspect opened fire on an officer.  

On April 4, 2011, at around 3 a.m., Metropolitan K-9 Police Officer III Steven Jenkins, 21 years and 11 months with the Department was in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue involved in a search for a domestic violence suspect.  As Jenkins entered the residence, a suspect later identified as 53-year-old Sergio Salazar of Sylmar, opened fire on Jenkins critically wounding him.  

Jenkins was taken to safety by other police personnel and immediately transported to a local hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel who had been on scene treating the victim of the domestic violence.  The location was contained and SWAT personnel responded to the barricaded suspect.  

Over the course of several hours, attempts were made to have Salazar submit to arrest without success.  Salazar at several points opened fire on SWAT personnel resulting in several officer involved shootings.  A long protracted effort to contact and locate Salazar within the residence commenced.  After several additional hours, Salazar was observed down inside the residence through the use of remote controlled optical equipment.  SWAT personnel made entry and discovered Salazar dead from apparent gunshot wounds.  Two rifles were recovered from the immediate vicinity of Salazar including the weapon believed to have been used against Officer Jenkins.

Robbery Homicide Division personnel responded and investigated the initial crimes of domestic violence and the attempt murder of a Police Officer.  Force Investigation Division personnel are investigating the officer involved shootings and the crimes committed against the SWAT personnel.  Due to the long protracted nature of the incident the crime scene will be held for several days as the investigation continues.

Officer Jenkins is expected to recover from his wounds.

The officers who fired their weapons in the incident have been identified as follows:

 NAME  RANK   TIME WITH THE DEPT.
 Enrique Anzaldo  Police Officer III  23 years, 9 months
Canaan Bodell
 Police Officer III
12 years, 11 months
Joseph Goosby
 Police Officer III 12 years, 4 months
Neil Coward
 Police Officer III  23 years, 10 months
James Brown
 Police Officer III
 16 years, 4 months
Nelson Fong  
 Police Officer III  19 years, 5 months
Steven Gordon
 Police Officer III  22 years, 5 months
Mario Rios  
 Police Officer III  15 years, 7 months
Louis Reyes
 Police Officer III  24 years, 9 months
Jeniffer Grasso    
 Police Officer III  15 years, 6 months
Jonathan Darrah  
 Police Officer III
 21 years, 4 months
Gary Koba    
 Police Officer III  21 years, 5 months
Michael Messenger
 Police Officer III
 17 years, 11 months
James Williams
 Police Officer III  20 years, 5 months
David Corbet
 Police Officer III  16 years, 4 months