January 14, 2014
***UPDATED*** The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as: Police Officer R. Saeli and Police Officer J. Soliman.
Los Angeles: On Sunday November 3, 2013 around 9:45 p.m., Hollenbeck Officers were patrolling in the area of 4th Street and Soto Avenue when they observed an individual they recognized as a known gang member later identified as Ricardo Pallazhco.. As the officers approached the individual they observed him reach for his waistband as he ran from the officers. The officers chased the suspect and during the foot pursuit the suspect pointed a handgun at the officers and an officer involved shooting occurred. The suspect was struck during the incident and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The officers were not injured during the incident
A loaded handgun was recovered at the scene.
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.