Update: The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Terry Shelley, Serial No. 32129, Harbor Division.
*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 January 27, 2018, around 11:27 a.m., officers assigned to Harbor Area Patrol responded to a radio call for a juvenile group in a park. While checking the area, the officers observed the suspect, identified as Salvador Miramontes, enter the roadway on a bicycle. Miramontes dismounted his bicycle, simulated drawing a handgun and took what the officers described as a shooting stance in their direction. Miramontes’ actions resulted in an Officer -Involved-Shooting (OIS) when the passenger officer fired at him through the police vehicle windshield. Miramontes was not struck by gunfire and the officers took him into custody without further incident. No firearm or weapon was recovered at scene. No officers were injured during this incident.
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.
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.