June 20, 2017
Update: Police Officers Arturo Urrutia, Serial No. 36065, and Daniel Ramirez Serial No. 40185, assigned to Harbor Area, were identified as the officers involved in the below incident.
**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**
Wilmington: On June 6, 2017 around 9:00 p.m. Harbor patrol officers responded to the 1100 block of North Wilmington Boulevard for a “man with a gun” radio call. When the officers arrived in the area, they observed a lone male Hispanic in his mid-twenties. Believing this may be the suspect from the radio call, they directed their attention toward him; at that time, there was an officer involved shooting. Several shots were fired and the suspect was struck and fell to the ground. The police officers’ vehicle traveled forward, striking the male and pinning him underneath it.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the male was deceased. One officer was injured and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and was eventually released.
During the preliminary investigation, detectives interviewed witnesses who told detectives in the minutes leading up to the officer involved shooting they saw the male who officers shot with a handgun. A toy gun was found at the scene and was recovered by detectives.
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 and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene. 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. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will also review the evidence collected during the investigation to determine whether any criminal laws were violated.
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.