Man Armed With Knife is Shot and Killed

March 14, 2007

Los Angeles: Detectives identified 34-year-old David Weisman as the man police shot after he charged officers with a twelve inch knife, Monday morning, March 13, 2007. Weisman later died at a local hospital.

The confrontation occurred at around 12:45 AM when two police officers from the North Hollywood Police Station were called to a residence in the 5000 block of Cahuenga Boulevard for a domestic violence incident in which the suspect was reportedly armed.

Officer Jeff Beck, 36, 11 years and 7 months with the Department, and his partner, Officer Paul Tajii, 25, 1 year 9 months with the Department, met with a person at the location who said Weisman had assaulted him. The Officers attempted to contact Weisman who refused to open the door. After obtaining a key from the apartment manager, Officer’s Beck and Tajii entered the apartment and encountered Weisman who was armed with a large knife. Weisman refused to comply with the Officers commands to drop the knife and instead lunged toward Officer Beck holding the knife. Officer Beck fired two shots striking Weisman in the upper torso. Weisman was pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital at 1:20 AM.

Police recovered the 12-13 inch knife used by Weisman at the scene. Neither officer was injured in the incident.

Force Investigation Division will investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division at 213-485-4011. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).