Update February 22, 2017
The off-duty officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Jose Cortez Amaya, Serial #34393.
**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**
Downey: An Off-duty LAPD Officer was confronted by burglars at his home resulting in an officer involved shooting.
On January 30, 2017, around 1:00 a.m., Downey Police responded to an emergency call in the 7800 block of Borson Street in the City of Downey. Upon arrival, Downey Police were met by an off-duty LAPD officer who stated he was confronted by two burglary suspects inside of his residence. The two male Hispanic suspects assaulted the off-duty LAPD officer, striking him multiple times in the head. At some point the struggle with the suspects continued outside where the off-duty officer fired his weapon striking both suspects. One suspect sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and the other to his foot. The officer sustained injuries to his head from being assaulted by the suspects.
The two suspects were transported to local hospitals where they received treatment for their non-life threatening injuries. The off-duty officer was also transported to a hospital where he was treated and later released for the trauma to his head.
The Downey Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation to determine the circumstances that led up to the officer involved shooting. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division also responded to the scene and they will conduct the administrative investigation related to the off-duty officer involved shooting. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. There have been four officer-involved-shootings in 2017.
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