**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 September 27, 2015, Newton Division Police Officers Samuel Briggs, Serial No. 35419, and Antonio McNeely, Serial No. 41443, assigned to patrol, responded to the 2100 block of South San Pedro Street after a citizen reported a woman in the area armed with a knife.
When the officers arrived at the location, they observed the suspect on the sidewalk approaching them as they exited their car. Officer Briggs saw that she was armed with a knife and repeatedly ordered her to drop the knife. The suspect, however, continued toward the officers with the knife in hand. The officers subsequently fired their handguns striking the suspect who was then taken into custody.
The officers immediately requested a Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance and the suspect was transported to a local hospital. The suspect failed to respond to medical treatment and was pronounced dead.
Investigators recovered an 8-inch serrated knife at the scene. No officers were injured during this incident.
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.
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