The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Detective Support Vice Division, Police Officer II Mike Beyda, Serial No. 38269.
**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**
Van Nuys: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division (FID) is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) which occurred in Van Nuys Division.
On April 28, 2021, at approximately 2:25 p.m., Van Nuys uniform officers responded to a radio call of "Shots Fired" at the 5200 block of Vesper Avenue in Van Nuys. The officers found an off-duty LAPD officer with gunshot wounds at the scene as well as a male Hispanic suspect, also suffering from gunshot wounds. A preliminary investigation revealed the off-duty officer encountered the suspect inside the off-duty officer’s garage. The suspect armed himself with a firearm, resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting. The suspect and officer exchanged gunfire. The suspect was identified as Christopher Carmarena-Quintanilla and arrested at scene by responding officers and transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment. The off-duty officer also sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital. He received medical treatment and is expected to survive his injuries.
Robbery Homicide Division will conduct the criminal investigation and Force Investigation Division will conduct the Officer-Involved Shooting 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.
The LAPD will have further details regarding this incident in its Critical Incident Community Briefing video scheduled for public release on June 12, 2021.