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Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Officer-Involved Shooting in West Valley NR14122bm

March 31, 2014

Update:
The officer involved in the below shooting has been identified as Police Officer III Steven Gordon.


Los Angeles:
  On Friday, March 21, 2014, at approximately 5:10 pm, West Valley Patrol Division officers responded to a radio call of a man with a gun in the 5200 block of Mecca Avenue.

The airship arrived on scene first, and observed the suspect at the location, armed with a shotgun.  When the officers arrived, the suspect walked from the rear of his residence to the front, still armed with a shotgun.  The suspect confronted officers and an officer-involved-shooting occurred.  

The suspect was transported to a local hospital and his condition is unknown.  No officers were injured and a shotgun 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 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.