November 19, 2014
The officers involved in the incident below have been identified as Police Officer II Yudidt Martinez, Serial No. 38249, and Police Officer II Conor Sever, Serial No. 37510. Both are patrol officers assigned to 77th Street Area.
Los Angeles: Officers respond to shots fired call and encounter armed suspect who takes his own life.
On November 8, 2014, around 6:14 a.m., 77th Area patrol officers responded to a “Shots Fired” radio call in the area of 66th and Denver Avenue. The comments of the call indicated the suspect was armed with a gun.
When the officers arrived they observed the suspect, later identified as 38 year-old Calvin Williams, exit the driveway of a residence. Williams looked at the direction of the officers and immediately turned and ran back into the driveway towards the rear of the location. The officers exited their black and white patrol car and went in foot pursuit of the Williams. During the foot pursuit, Williams pointed a handgun in their directions and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Williams was not struck by the gunfire and continued to run into the neighborhood. The officers stopped chasing and established containment and a perimeter. The officers requested K-9 units and SWAT. K-9 units and SWAT arrived and deployed search teams within the containment area. During the search, one of the K-9 search team came in contact with Williams and the handler gave numerous verbal commands to surrender. Williams refused and a K-9 was deployed. As the K-9 made contact with Williams, Williams removed a pistol from his front waistband area and shot himself.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and rendered aid to Williams at scene and determined he was dead.
A loaded pistol was recovered at scene. No officers were injured during the incident.
Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division (FID) detectives responded to the incident and are conducting a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting.
The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and The Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.
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