June 23, 2023
The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as 77th Division Police Officer II V. Salguero, Serial #42558.
**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: The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in 77th Street Division.
On May 26, 2023, around 10:05 p.m., 77th Division Gang Enforcement Detail (GED) uniformed officers were conducting patrol in the area of 76th Place and Wadsworth Avenue, due to high gang activity. Officers observed a male, later identified as Genhgis Stevenson, clutching his waistband and believed he was in possession of a firearm. The officers attempted to conduct a pedestrian stop on Stevenson and a short foot pursuit ensued. During the foot pursuit, officers broadcast a “Backup” request as they gave chase eastbound on 76th Place. During the foot pursuit, Stevenson produced a firearm while running and tripped over a trashcan, falling onto the roadway on 76th Place. As the officers approached him, Stevenson pointed a firearm at one of the officers, resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS). Stevenson appeared to throw his firearm underneath a nearby parked vehicle. As additional officers arrived at scene, Stevenson was taken into custody without further incident.
No officers or bystanders were injured during this incident.
A loaded Black, Taurus, Model: PT111G2A, 9mm, Semi-Automatic Pistol, was recovered.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, 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.