November 5, 2013
Los Angeles: On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, around 9:25 a.m., Southwest Area patrol officers responded to an ambulance shooting radio call at 41st Street and Normandie Avenue.
The radio call was generated after the suspect (later identified as Patrick Orthrow Sullivan) drove to the home of his ex-wife in the 4000 block of South Normandie Avenue and engaged her in a dialog as she watered the front lawn. When the conversation deteriorated, the suspect returned to his parked vehicle, retrieved a handgun and shot his ex-wife, causing her to fall to the ground with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the head. She them fled on foot to the backyard where she sought refuge inside a converted garage where her adult son was present. The suspect proceeded to follow her and entered the backyard.
Upon their arrival, the officers were advised by a citizen that the shooting suspect was to the rear of 4081 South Normandie Avenue. The officers proceeded to the rear of the aforementioned location and confronted an individual who matched the suspect description provided in the comments of the radio call. The suspect then produced a handgun and fired a single shot through the front window of the converted garage before he turned in the direction of the officers, resulting in an officer involved shooting.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he failed to respond to treatment and was declared dead.
The officers involved in the above officer involved shooting are Police Officer III Oscar Cordoba, Police Officer I Bryan Waggener, Police Officer II Henry Merin and Edwin Rocha.
Force Investigation Division 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 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.