Thursday, April 24, 2014
Officer-Involved Shooting in Newton Area NR14167bmMay 2, 2014
UPDATE: The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer III Ruben Banuelos.
Los Angeles: On Thursday, April 24, 2014, around 4:30 pm, Newton Patrol Division officers responded to an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon “radio call in the 6600 block of South Main Street.
When the officers arrived they were confronted by a Hispanic male armed with a sword. The officers attempted to take the suspect into custody by using a taser but it was ineffective. The suspect then ran towards the officers still armed with the sword and an officer-involved-shooting occurred.
Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and transported the suspect to a local hospital and his condition is unknown.
No officers were injured and a sword was recovered at scene.
Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved-shooting.
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 Departments 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.