April 10, 2014
The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officers II Oscar Martin and Jacob Wood.
Los Angeles: On Friday, April 4, 2014, around 4:00 p.m., Foothill Patrol Division officers responded to a radio call of a “Man with Mental Illness, Attempt Suicide with a Knife”, at the 9000 block of Breidt Avenue.
Upon arrival the officers encountered a male Hispanic in his 20’s armed with a knife. In an attempt to subdue the suspect officers deployed their department approved taser. The suspect appeared unaffected by the taser and ran to a nearby backyard where he confronted officers with a knife, at which time an officer-involved-shooting occurred.
Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the location but despite life-saving efforts, the suspect died as a result of his injuries at scene. No officers were injured.
A knife was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the incident and will be handling the 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.
Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division at (213) 486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.