Update: The officers involved in below incident have been identified as Police Officer II, Michael Briano, Serial No. 37161 and Francisco Aceves, Serial No. 40434.
**The following information is based on a preliminary, 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 incident may change as the investigation continues and additional evidence is collected and analyzed.**
Los Angeles: On July 6, 2015, around 10:40 a.m., Mission Area patrol officers responded to a radio call for “an assault with a deadly weapon” in the 13600 block of Gavina Avenue. The comments of the call indicated that a woman was screaming and a man covered in blood was armed with a knife.
When the officers arrived they observed the suspect, who was later identified as Jason Hendley, covered in blood and armed with a large kitchen knife. Officers gave commands to Hendley to drop the knife. Hendley refused to comply with the officer’s commands and advanced on the officers, resulting in an officer-involved-shooting.
During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that initially there were four people inside the location: a mother, her adult sons, one of whom was Hendley, and her fiancé. The fiancé and Hendley became involved in a verbal dispute when Hendley armed himself with the knife and stabbed the fiancé multiple times. During the altercation, the mother and her son left to call the police.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to render medical aid to both Hendley and the victim. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and Hendley was transported to the hospital where he was eventually pronounced dead. No officers were injured during this incident and a large kitchen knife was recovered at the scene.
Force Investigation Division investigators 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.