Update: August 3, 2017
The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as follows: Police Officer III Brenda Castor, Serial No. 35368, Lance Perkins, Serial No. 36787, Abel Torres, Serial No. 39070, Police Officer II Nestor Escobar, Serial No. 40031, Victor Gone, Serial No. 41712, Jonathan Gundell, Serial No. 41806, Xiuhnenetl Lopez, Serial No. 40826, Jeffri Norat, Serial No. 41444, Miguel Nunez, Serial No. 36181, Alejandro Pineda, Serial No. 39942, Police Officer II Jose Rivera, Serial No. 42137 and Thomas Zizzo, Serial No. 41603.
**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**
Hollywood Hills: On June 22, 2017 at around 11:00 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood uniformed patrol officers responded to a battery radio call in the 7200 block of Hillside Avenue. The officers were met by a male who appeared to have been battered. The victim advised officers the suspect Santino Cesar Trevino, in his twenties was his roommate. The officers were directed to the fourth floor of the apartment complex. The officers, while standing by the front door, observed Trevino inside the apartment, Trevino produced a handgun, resulting in an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS). Trevino retreated further into the apartment, concealing himself from the officers. The officers remained at the door of the apartment and requested Help via communications. When additional officers arrived, they observed Trevino standing on a balcony facing the street pointing an object at them, resulting in an additional OIS.
Trevino sustained a gunshot wound and fell to the floor of the balcony where he was taken into custody. Los Angeles City Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced Trevino deceased at scene. A loaded handgun was recovered and no officers were injured.
LAPD’s 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.