November 5, 2020
The officer involved in the below investigation has been identified as Police Officer II Phillip Yu, Serial No. 41574 assigned to Devonshire Division.
**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 Devonshire Division.
On November 1, 2020, around 6:00 p.m., a man, later identified as 37-year-old Manuel Marshall Hernandez, was found inside the rear warehouse area of a grocery store in the 16900 block of Devonshire Street. A store employee told Hernandez he needed to leave the area. While he was walking Hernandez out of the store, Hernandez took a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the employee. Hernandez fled toward the rear of the store and the employee called 9-1-1.
Devonshire Division officers responded and found Hernandez standing on top of a fixture near the front of the store. For several minutes, officers tried to convince Hernandez to surrender. Suddenly, Hernandez jumped down and ran toward the rear of the store, holding a firearm in his hand. Hernandez fired at an officer, at that time there was an officer-involved shooting.
Hernandez was not struck by gunfire and was able to run out a rear exit of the grocery store and across Balboa Boulevard. He ran into a convenience store where held the clerk at gunpoint. Additional officers responded to the area and Hernandez ultimately surrendered.
One police officer was transported to a local hospital for an injury they sustained during the officer-involved shooting. Hernandez was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. No one else was injured during the incident.
A handgun was located in the convenience store and collected as part of this investigation.
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.