March 19, 2015 NRF017-15ne
Updated: The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Sergeant Chand Syed, Serial No. 38475, Police Officer III Francisco Martinez, Serial No. 36823 and Police Officer II Daniel Torres, Serial No. 39733.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Central Area officers and Safer City Initiative officers attempted to detain a robbery suspect in the 500 block of San Pedro Street, and an officer involved shooting occurred.
At around noon today, March 1, 2015, a private citizen placed a 9-1-1 emergency call to report a robbery in the 500 block of South San Pedro Street in downtown Los Angeles. LAPD Communications Division subsequently dispatched Central Area officers to the location. The officers made contact with the suspect (later identified as Charley Robinet) and a violent altercation ensued.
The suspect began fighting and physically resisting the officers’ attempts to take him into custody. One officer deployed a TASER attempting to subdue Robinet, but it appeared to have no effect. Robinet continued to fight and resist the officers. Robinet then fell to the ground. While on the ground, Robinet and the officers struggled over one of the officers’ handguns at which time an officer involved shooting occurred.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene. Two of the responding officers involved in the incident suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.
As in all officer-involved shootings, LAPD’s specialized Force Investigative Division (FID) personnel responded to preserve and collect evidence and interview witnesses to the incident. Portions of the incident captured on video from various sources will be reviewed and analyzed as part of the ongoing use of force investigation. FID’s comprehensive investigation will be conducted in coordination with the LAPD’s Office of Inspector General and presented to the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force was consistent with Department policies and procedures. 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.