**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating a Categorical Use Of Force (CUOF) that occurred in downtown Los Angeles.
On April 17, 2020, around 11:37 p.m., Central Division uniformed Resources Enhancement Services Enforcement Team (RESET) officers were patrolling in the area of Wall Street and 5th Street. The officers saw a man they believed was wanted for an Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW) that had occurred in the Central Area. The officers approached the suspect and attempted to detain him, but he ran away on foot and a foot pursuit ensued. As the suspect was running from officers, he fell, allowing officers to catch up to him.
While the officers struggled on the ground with the suspect attempting to take him into custody, he reached for a handgun in his waistband, and an officer applied a Carotid Restraint Control Hold (CRCH). With the assistance of responding units, the officers were able to safely recover the handgun and take the suspect into custody.
No officers were injured during the incident and a loaded .38 caliber revolver was recovered.
The suspect, later identified as Westlie Prince, was arrested for 29800 (a) P.C., Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was transported by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics to a local hospital, where he received medical treatment and was cleared for booking.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.