Suspect Named in Officer Involved Shooting
On Sunday, November 30, 2014, a suspect, identified as Dirck White was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Hollywood Division.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Suspect Dirck White was the primary suspect wanted in the February 6, 2014, murder of Clackamas County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter in Oregon. Suspect White now faces possible charges of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer in California in addition to the Oregon murder charge.
Hollywood: On November 30, 2014, around 10:00 a.m., Hollywood area officers received a radio call of a “Burglary from Motor Vehicle” in the 5400 block Lemon Grove Avenue.
When the officers arrived, they observed a male suspect near the intersection of Lemon Grove and Melrose Avenue. While they were getting out of their vehicle, the suspect ran southbound on Wilton Avenue. One officer went in foot pursuit while the partner officer followed in the police vehicle. A good samaritan driving a taxicab in the area observed the officer on foot and offered transportation.
After traveling a short distance, they located the suspect hiding behind a parked vehicle. As both officers exited their vehicles, the suspect brandished a handgun, fired at officers and an officer involved shooting occurred.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and treated the suspect for his injuries. The suspect was then transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. No officers were injured during this incident and a handgun was recovered at scene.
Force Investigation Division 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.