Officer-Involved Shooting in Hollywood Division NR14142bm

March 24, 2014

Update: The officers involved in below incident have been identified as Police Officer III Sheila Sparkman, Serial No. 35281 and Police Officer II Josue Pena, Serial No. 38404.

March 24, 2014

Los Angeles: While conducting a ‘Domestic Violence’ investigation, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Hollywood Area officers encountered a man with a gun, resulting in an officer involved shooting.

On March 24, 2014, around 8:23 a.m., Hollywood officers responded to a radio call in the 8100 block of Gould Avenue. The officers knocked on the front door of the residence and were allowed to enter. Once inside the location, the officers encountered a male suspect inside a bedroom, with one hand concealed behind his back. The officers ordered the suspect to show his hands. As the suspect repositioned his hands to the front of his body, the officers saw that he was holding a handgun at which time an officer involved shooting (OIS) occurred.

A SWAT search of the residence revealed that the suspect was struck by gunfire and had collapsed inside the bedroom. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced the suspect deceased.

One officer was injured by glass and wood fragments to her face and was transported to a local hospital. The officer was treated for her injuries and is in stable condition.

A weapon 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, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.