November 5, 2013
Los Angeles: On August 28, 2013, around
4:00 p.m., Operations-West Bureau Violent Crime Task Force
uniformed officers initiated a pedestrian stop on several male
individuals in front of 2755 West Pico Boulevard.
As the officers were exiting their marked police car, one of the
males, later identified as Jose Saldivar, began running. As
Saldivar began running across the traffic lanes of Pico
Boulevard, he produced a handgun and fired at the officer at
which time an officer involved shooting occurred. Saldivar
continued running south on Normandie Avenue and then west on West
14th Street. The officers requested a perimeter and an airship.
Additional units responded along with officers from Metropolitan
Division K-0 Unit. A perimeter was established encompassing the
area between Normandie Avenue and Ardmore Avenue and Pico
Boulevard and West 15th Street.
K-9 units began a systematic search to the rear of 2719 West 14th
Street where Saldivar had been observed by witnesses. As the
officers cleared the back yard and approached the rear of the
residence, K-9 dog alerted. Simultaneously, Saldivar suddenly
appeared from within a small enclosure in the residence’s rear
wall which contained a hot water heater and fired at officers and
a second officer involved shooting occurred. Saldivar was struck
by the gunfire and fell to the ground where he was taken into
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officers involved in the above officer involved shootings are
Police Officer II Kenneth Snyder, Todd Wilson, Police Officer III
Abraham Flores, Aron Algren, Thomas Call, David Wade and Nhut
Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will
conduct a thorough investigation of the officer involved
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 Department’s 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 about this incident is urged 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 www.LAPDOnline.org,
click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.