Off Duty Detectives Save Woman from Strangulation NRF008-15jk

January 30, 2015

February 6, 2015


Updated: The detective involved in the below incident has been identified as Detective II Alma Burke, Serial No. 32517, Force Investigation Division.

San Dimas: On Sunday, January 25th around 11:20 p.m., Force Investigation Division detectives were off duty in the 700 block of Calle Carrillo. They heard a woman screaming for help and after calling 911, they went to render aid.

When the detectives approached the area, they were able to see the suspect, later identified as Michael Asghari, straddling a female victim and strangling her on the ground. The detectives identified themselves as police officers and ordered Asghari to stop and raise his hands. Asghari did not comply with the commands and continued to strangle the victim. As a result, an officer involved shooting occurred.

Asghari was not hit and the detectives were able to detain Asghari until Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived and took him into custody without further incident. No law enforcement personnel were injured during this incident.

Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer involved shooting and LASD will handle the criminal investigation.

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 Departments use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved-shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division 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, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.