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Friday, March 7, 2014

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Officer-Involved Shooting in Southeast Division NR14102nv

April 2, 2014

The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Jonathan Vander Lee.

Los Angeles: 
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Southeast area officers encountered a man with a gun, resulting in an officer involved shooting.

On March 6, 2014, just before 5:00 p.m., officers from Southeast Division were patrolling in the area of 97th Street and San Pedro Avenue due to two earlier drive-by shootings, one of which resulted in a homicide.

The officers approached a male Black in his early 20's to the rear of the location who was armed with a weapon and an officer involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was struck and transported to a local hospital where he was reported to be in surgery. No officers were injured.

A weapon was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the incident and will be handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and The 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 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.