January 18, 2012
UPDATE: The Officers involved in the below officer-involved shooting has been identified as Police Officer II Jacob Avalos, 8-years, 7-months with the Department and Robert Ramirez, 5-years, 4-months with the Department, Police Officer III Jamie Anchondo, 23-years, 2-months with the Department, and Police Officer II Richard Cotignola, 8-years, 7-months with the Department.
Los Angeles: A man draws a gun at police officers, resulting in an officer-involved shooting. On Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 12:48 p.m., LAPD Hollenbeck Area officers responded to a radio call of a male Hispanic armed with a gun in the 4800 block of Axtell Street in Los Angeles. When the officers arrived they observed a man standing near a parked white Nissan. The officers ordered the suspect to display his hands, but the man would not comply. Instead, he drew a semi-automatic pistol and fired at the officers at which time an officer involved shooting occurred. The suspect was stuck by the officers returning gunfire and was taken into custody. The officers called for medical assistance and Los Angeles Fire Department rescue personnel responded and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. No officers were injured during this incident. A black semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the scene near the suspect. The LAPD Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting and all related crimes. The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the FID 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.