Thursday, August 1, 2013
Officer-Involved Shooting Occurs in Harbor City NR13257ANLos Angeles: On Wednesday July 31, 2013, around 6:40 pm, plain clothes officers observed a man wearing a mask over his face in the area of PCH and Belle Porte Avenue, in Harbor City. Officers believed the suspect might be preparing to commit a robbery or other crime and so they requested a black and white unit to respond and conduct an investigative stop of the masked individual.
The uniformed officers arrived and as they began to exit their police car the masked man immediately turned toward the officers with his arms outstretched in a shooting position and an Officer Involved shooting occurred. The suspect was struck by the officer's rounds and was subsequently taken into custody.
Officers immediately requested a rescue ambulance and the suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The suspect's injuries do not appear to be life threatening at this time. The officers were not injured during the incident.
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 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.