Update: Police Officer, Rogelio Rendon, Serial No. 42667 assigned to Pacific Area, was identified as the officer 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**
Venice Area: On August 4, 2017, at around 8:30 pm, Pacific Area uniformed officers responded to a radio call to “keep the peace” in the 800 block of Venice Boulevard, a single-family residence. The person reporting (PR) and the suspect, later identified as Todd Hurlburt, lived together and were boyfriend and girlfriend.
The officers responding to the radio call met the PR outside of the residence. She told the officers that Mr. Hurlburt was breaking her personal property inside. The officers proceeded to the front door to initiate contact with Mr. Hurlburt.
As the officers made initial entry into the residence, Mr. Hurlburt was seen sitting in a chair across the room with his back to the officers in possession of a rifle. Mr. Hurlburt ignored verbal commands from the officers to drop the rifle. He stood up and turned in their direction with the rifle pointed at the officers. This resulted in an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS).
A Los Angeles County Fire Department Rescue Ambulance (RA) responded and transported Mr. Hurlburt to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
No officers were injured during this incident.
The AR-15 rifle was recovered at the scene and booked into evidence.
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. 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.
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.