**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: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a downtown neighborhood early Thursday morning.
On February 14, 2019, around 3:25 a.m., “Off-Duty” LAPD, plain clothes Detective III Michael Johnson, Serial No. 34786, was walking in the area of 6th Street and San Julian Street, in the City of Los Angeles. While in the area Johnson became involved in a physical altercation with an individual, which resulted in an officer-involved-shooting. The involved individual was later identified as 30-year-old, Michael Wise, a resident of Los Angeles.
Det. Johnson sustained bodily injuries and Wise was struck by gunfire. The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and separately transported them to a local hospital for medical treatment, where they were admitted for their injuries.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) and Robbery Homicide Division 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 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 officers(s) was reasonable.