**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**
South Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in which a Newton Area officer was shot by a suspect.
On April 20, 2019, around 9:20 p.m., officers assigned to Newton Gang Enforcement Detail saw a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 52nd Street and Holmes Avenue. The officers followed the vehicle till it came to a stop on 51st Street, west of Holmes Avenue. The sole occupant, the driver, exited and ran into the Pueblo Del Rio housing complex. The officers pursued the driver on foot, broadcasting they were chasing a man with a gun. As the officers continued their foot pursuit, a second male suspect, identified as 39-year-old Curley Lee Duff, fired a pistol at Police Officer II Enrique Trujillo, Serial No. 42259, who returned fire. Officer Trujillo and Duff were both struck by gunfire. Both received medical treatment at a local hospital.
The pistol used by Duff was recovered by detectives.
Detectives are still attempting to identify and locate the driver of the vehicle.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the 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) violated any criminal laws.
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.