UPDATE: The officer involved in this incident has been identified as Olympic Division Police Officer II Guadalupe Franquez, Serial No. 41353
**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**
Koreatown: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Olympic Division.
On December 31, 2017, around 12:15 a.m., uniformed Olympic Patrol officers responded to the 800 block of South Western Avenue for a male disturbing the peace radio call, the suspect was brandishing what was believed to be a handgun. Responding officers observed the suspect (who was later identified as 33-year-old Rigobaldo Jimenez) in the parking lot holding a handgun in his right hand. When the officers ordered Jimenez to drop the pistol, he began to raise the pistol and turn toward the officers, resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported Jimenez to a local hospital where he was treated for a single gunshot wound and was reported to be in stable condition.
No officers were injured during the incident.
A replica firearm was recovered at the scene.
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 the LAPD’s policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer(s) was reasonable.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
During business hours at (213) 486-5230; During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247); Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.