The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer III Kurt Lockwood, Serial No. 38804, assigned to 77th Division Gang Enforcement Detail.
**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**
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a South Los Angeles community late Friday evening.
On July 26, 2019, around 9:40 p.m., LAPD, uniformed Gang Enforcement Detail officers, assigned to 77th Division were conducting extra patrol in the vicinity of 47th Street and Budlong Avenue for gang suppression in the Vermont Square Park. As the officers were conducting a footbeat through the park, they saw a male, black suspect (later identified as 39-year old, Jarron Edmond) run from their location, and appeared to be armed. The officers ran after Edmond and followed him into the courtyard of an apartment building, located on the 4700 block of S. Budlong Avenue. Edmond then produced a handgun and an Officer-Involved- Shooting occurred. Edmond was struck and was taken into custody without further incident.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Edmond to a local hospital where he received further medical treatment and was listed in stable condition.
A .38 caliber handgun was located next to Edmond and recovered as evidence. Fortunately, no officers or innocent bystanders were injured during this incident.
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 responded and monitored the scene investigation.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and 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.