The officers involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer Youssef Brady, Serial No. 42330 and Police Officer Nicolas Padilla, Serial No. 40918, both assigned to Hollywood Division.
**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**
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Hollywood community, late Monday morning.
On November 25, 2019, around 11:20 a.m., a male suspect (later identified as 22-year-old, Nathaniel Pinnock) entered a local auto parts store located on the northeast corner of Fountain and Highland Avenue and committed a robbery, while armed with a machete. Pinnock left the store with the stolen items, while still armed with the machete.
Witnesses then flagged down LAPD, uniformed patrol officers, assigned to Hollywood Division and directed them to Pinnock, who was walking northbound on McCadden Place from De Longpre Avenue. The officers followed Pinnock and observed him walk into the drive-thru of restaurant located on the corner of McCadden Place and Sunset Blvd. Pinnock then entered the passenger side of a patron’s (victim’s) vehicle with the machete. The victim (driver) exited the vehicle and Pinnock climbed over into the driver’s seat. In the officers attempt to detain Pinnock a less-lethal option was used, which was ineffective.
Pinnock then stole the vehicle and drove out of the drive-thru at a high rate of speed and collided into two police vehicles, at which time the car came to rest at the intersection of McCadden Place and Sunset Blvd. As Pinnock exited the vehicle armed with the machete, the officers utilized additional less-lethal options. Despite these efforts, Pinnock ran from the vehicle eastbound on Sunset Blvd with the machete still in hand. The officers chase him on foot and after a short distance, Pinnock changed his direction and charged towards one of the officers while holding the machete in his right hand, resulting in an OIS.
Pinnock was struck by gunfire and fell to the pavement, where he was taken into custody without further incident.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Pinnock to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
A machete was located at scene and booked as evidence. Although one officer sustained minor injuries no other innocent bystanders were injured during this incident.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene investigation.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and 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. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.