The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer Manuel Rios, Serial No. 42557 and Police Officer Franco Velasquez, Serial No. 42563, both assigned to Newton 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 downtown Los Angeles, early Sunday morning.
On December 1, 2019, around 2:00 a.m., LAPD, uniformed patrol officers, assigned to Newton Division responded to a radio call of a “man with a gun” in the area of 7th street and San Pedro Street. The suspect’s description was provided and was reported to have been pointing a gun at passersby. When the officers arrived in the area, they observed the suspect (who was later identified as 20-year old, Lonyea Marquis Calloway) near the corner of 7th Street and San Pedro Street. Calloway then ran eastbound on 7th Street and then southbound on Crocker Street. The officers then initiated a foot pursuit of Calloway and as back up units approached him, Calloway changed his direction and ran towards the officers at which time an officer-involved-shooting occurred. Calloway was not struck by gunfire and immediately surrendered without further incident. Calloway’s .38 caliber revolver was also recovered at scene as evidence.
Fortunately, no officers or 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.