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News Release

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Media Relations

Officer Involved Shooting in Central NR14470jk

December 29, 2014

  The officer involved in the incident below has been identified as Police Officer II Juan Lopez, Serial No. 39726 assigned to Central Area.

Los Angeles:
  On December 2, 2014, around 6:50 p.m., Central Area officers received a radio call of a “Screaming woman” in the 600 block of Wall Street.

When they arrived at the apartment, the officers heard a woman screaming that she was being stabbed and needed help.  The officers forced entry into the apartment and observed the suspect, later identified as Isaac Ricks, stabbing a female victim multiple times.  An officer involved shooting then occurred.   
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Ricks to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The female victim was also transported to a local hospital and at the time of this incident she was in critical, but stable condition.  No officers were injured during this incident and a bloody knife 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.