**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**
Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Hollywood Division.
On September 9, 2023, at around 1:45 a.m., Hollywood Division uniformed officers were flagged down by security guards in front of a nightclub located on the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue. The security guards advised officers that a group of patrons were fighting and pointed out a male who appeared to be the cause of the altercation. The officers observed the suspect, a male, White, approximately 30 years old, enter the driver’s seat of a white Mercedes-Benz that was parked on Ivar Avenue south of Hollywood Boulevard. The suspect drove his vehicle in reverse, negotiated a turn and stopped in the middle of the street facing the west curb.
As the officers drove towards the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect while still seated, pointed a handgun outside of the driver’s side window and fired his gun towards people on the west sidewalk, which resulted in an OIS. The suspect immediately fled southbound in his vehicle towards Sunset Boulevard. Officers initiated a pursuit and after a short distance, lost sight of the suspect’s vehicle and terminated the pursuit.
At this time no officers or community members are known to be injured as a result of this incident. Force Investigation Division (FID) and Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) investigators responded to the scene and are investigating this incident.
The LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene, interviewed witnesses, and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division personnel. 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.