Officer-Involved Shooting in Hollenbeck Division NRF040-22ma

July 29, 2022

July 29, 2022                                                                                                                             NRF040-22bb


The officer involved in the incident below has been identified as Police Officer II Charles Hosea, Serial No. 43216, Hollenbeck Patrol Division


July 25, 2022                                                                                                                            NRF040-22ma

**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) in Hollenbeck Division.

On July 22, 2022, around 6:50 p.m., Hollenbeck Division patrol officers were in the area of Eastern Avenue and Whiteside Street, when they saw a dark-colored sedan with no license plates. The officers followed the vehicle into a parking lot where the front passenger exited armed with a firearm. The officers pursued the man on foot into a residential neighborhood. Near the intersection of Lansdowne Avenue and Drucker Street, the man, later identified as 40-year-old Lino Soltero, pointed the firearm in the officers’ direction, resulting in an OIS. Soltero was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The loaded 9mm firearm Soltero was armed with was recovered at the scene.

No officers were injured during this incident.

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. Additionally, 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 officer was reasonable.