**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**
Wilmington: On February 2, 2018, around 3:30 p.m., officers assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division Gang Enforcement Detail were in the area of Anaheim Street and Ronan Avenue. They saw a white minivan driving recklessly and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the minivan, later identified as 34-year-old Pedro Gudino, did not stop and there was a brief vehicle pursuit before Gudino collided with two vehicles in the area of West Opp Street and Fries Avenue. The minivan came to a stop because of the collision. Gudino, who was armed with a semiautomatic handgun, pointed it, and fired at the officers. At that time, Police Officers II Andres Martinez, Serial No. 41620, and James Welch, Serial No. 41822, fired at and struck Gudino. Gudino fell to the ground and was transported by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition. A man in a second-floor apartment was struck by a round in the leg during the Officer-Involved Shooting. He was transported by Fire Department personnel to a local hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening gunshot wound.
A loaded semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene. No officers were injured.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene investigation.
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 the 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 officer(s) was reasonable.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
• During business hours at 213-486-5230; • During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247); • Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or • Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.