March 30, 2021 NRF014-21ml
UPDATE The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Southeast Patrol Division Police Officer IIIs Keleigh Edwards, Serial No. 40564 and Heriberto Crisantos Garcia, Serial No. 39541.
**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 Southeast Division.
On March 16, 2021 around 5:20 p.m., Southeast Area officers responded to a call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The suspect was inside of a residence and armed with a knife. The officers used a less lethal device against the suspect during the incident. As the suspect was forcing his way into the victim’s room, an Officer-Involved Shooting occurred. The suspect was struck by gunfire and is expected to survive. During the investigation, three knives were recovered at scene.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded to the scene and monitored the investigation.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, 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. 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 was reasonable.