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
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
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
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.