April 29, 2015
Updated: The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officers II Ricardo Huerta, Serial No. 34863, Rudolph Rivera, Serial No. 34735 and Aldo Quintero, serial No. 40949, from Hollenbeck Area.
Los Angeles: On April 21, 2015, around 4:40 p.m., Hollenbeck Area patrol officers responded to a radio call for a male stabbing himself in the 3400 block of Manitou Avenue.
When officers arrived, they attempted to make contact with the subject, later identified as Luis Martinez. Martinez appeared in the doorway armed with a hunting knife and began approaching the officers. They directed Martinez to drop the knife, but when he refused to comply, an officer involved shooting occurred.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded, rendered medical aid and subsequently pronounced Martinez deceased. No officers were injured during this incident and a knife was recovered at scene.
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.