Officer-Involved Shooting in Mission Division NRF031-24bb

June 17, 2024

June 21, 2024   NRF031-24rc

The Chief of Police authorized the release of the officer’s name who was involved in an Officer Involved Shooting, that occurred on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Mission Area. The involved Mission Area Officer is Police Officer II Mackey Hurtado, Serial No. 44469.


Officer-Involved Shooting in Mission 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: The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Mission Division.

On June 15, 2024, at around 12:50 a.m., Mission Patrol Division officers responded to a radio call of an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon,” suspect there now armed with a knife, at an apartment in the 9400 block of Van Nuys Boulevard. According to the comments of the call, the suspect later identified as 23-year-old Joanna Lua, was attempting to assault family members with a knife and blocking the victims attempts to leave the apartment.

When officers arrived at the location they staged on the 2nd floor landing outside the apartment’s front door. For several minutes, officers attempted to verbalize with the occupants of the apartment to gain entry inside, with negative results. After a short period of time, officers heard what they believed was Lua, screaming and a loud banging sound emanating from inside the apartment.

Officers believed that Lua was attempting to gain access to the victims and the officers forced entry into the front door. Officers encountered Lua advancing toward them, still armed with a knife, officers issued verbal commands to Lua to drop the knife. As Lua continued to advance toward the officers, she began to raise the knife in her hand resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting, simultaneously a TASER was discharged. Lua was struck by gunfire and TASER probes and was taken into custody.

A fire department ambulance responded to the scene and transported Lua to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Notifications to the next of kin were conducted by representatives from the Family Liaison Section.

No officers or other community members were reported injured during this incident.

A black handled, 10-inch bread knife was recovered from the scene and was processed as evidence.