Boyle Heights: On March 5, 2015, around 11:05 p.m., Hollenbeck Area, Gang Enforcement Detail officers were patrolling the area of Boulder Street and Soto Street. They were searching for a vehicle that was involved in a gang prior related shooting that occurred on February 28th and March 1, 2015. The officers observed the vehicle matching the description on Soto Street and began following it.
The suspect driving the vehicle, later identified as Jaime Romero drove into an alley to the rear of a residence located in the 2400 block of Boulder Street. At that time, suspect Carlos Granados and suspect Angel Garcia exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers went in foot pursuit of both suspects while other officers continued to pursue Romero. Suspect Granados drew a pistol from his waistband and pointed it at the officers, resulting in an officer involved shooting. Suspect Garcia was taken into custody shortly thereafter.
Romero continued to evading officers and exited the vehicle at the 2800 block of Boulder Street at which time the van collided with a parked vehicle. A foot pursuit ensued and Romero was eventually taken into custody.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported Granados to a local hospital where his injuries were considered non-life threatening. No officers were injured during this incident and a gun was recovered in the alley where the officer involved shooting occurred.
Force Investigation Division investigators responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer involved shooting. The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Departments 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.