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News Release

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Media Relations

Officer-Involved Shooting in Olympic NR1480ne

November 5, 2013

Los Angeles: On August 28, 2013, around 4:00 p.m., Operations-West Bureau Violent Crime Task Force uniformed officers initiated a pedestrian stop on several male individuals in front of 2755 West Pico Boulevard.

As the officers were exiting their marked police car, one of the males, later identified as Jose Saldivar, began running. As Saldivar began running across the traffic lanes of Pico Boulevard, he produced a handgun and fired at the officer at which time an officer involved shooting occurred. Saldivar continued running south on Normandie Avenue and then west on West 14th Street. The officers requested a perimeter and an airship. Additional units responded along with officers from Metropolitan Division K-0 Unit. A perimeter was established encompassing the area between Normandie Avenue and Ardmore Avenue and Pico Boulevard and West 15th Street.

K-9 units began a systematic search to the rear of 2719 West 14th Street where Saldivar had been observed by witnesses. As the officers cleared the back yard and approached the rear of the residence, K-9 dog alerted. Simultaneously, Saldivar suddenly appeared from within a small enclosure in the residence's rear wall which contained a hot water heater and fired at officers and a second officer involved shooting occurred. Saldivar was struck by the gunfire and fell to the ground where he was taken into custody.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers involved in the above officer involved shootings are Police Officer II Kenneth Snyder, Todd Wilson, Police Officer III Abraham Flores, Aron Algren, Thomas Call, David Wade and Nhut Huynh.

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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.