**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**
***UPDATE*** The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Edward Agdeppa, Serial No. 41000.
Hollywood: On July 27, 2017, around 11:00 a.m., Hollywood Area officers responded to a radio call, “man with a gun,” located in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue. Upon their arrival, the officers were told that the suspect, later identified as Jerauld Phillip Hammond, was on the second floor, in the hallway armed with a gun. The officers responded to the second floor and were directed to Hammond’s room. The officers knocked on Hammond’s door and requested that he exit. After approximately 10 minutes, Hammond opened the door, pointed a handgun in the officers direction and an Officer-Involved Shooting occurred. Hammond, who was believed to have been struck by gunfire, closed the door, barricading himself inside.
Metropolitan Division SWAT officers were requested and responded to the location. After repeated requests for Hammond to exit his room, SWAT officers subsequently made entry into Hammond’s room and discovered him deceased on the floor.
No officers were injured during the incident and three firearms were recovered at scene.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and Office of the Inspector General were at scene. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine 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.
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