UPDATE: The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Northeast Area, Police Officer II Gabriel Rivas, Serial No. 41657.
**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**
Los Angeles: On January 5, 2020, around 1:00 a.m., officers assigned to Northeast Area patrol were in the area of Griffin and Avenue 43. The officers initiated a narcotics investigative stop on a male, later identified as Julio Rodriguez. Rodriguez then ran from the officers who pursued him on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Rodriguez produced a handgun an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Rodriguez was not struck by gunfire and was taken into custody. Rodriguez was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer. No officers were injured during this incident. A 9mm caliber firearm was recovered at scene. 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.