**The following information is based on a preliminary, 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 incident may change as the investigation continues and additional evidence is collected and analyzed.**
Los Angeles: On August 27, 2015, around 11:16 p.m., Van Nuys patrol officers responded to a radio call of a “neighbor dispute” in the 14600 block of Valerio Street.
When the officers arrived they met with the person reporting, who directed them to the house next door. The officers made contact with the suspect in that residence and a physical altercation ensued. During that altercation, the suspect armed himself with a metal object and struck both officers in the head and shoulder area, eventually leading to an officer involved shooting involving Police Officer Jonathan Stringer, Serial No. 39465.
Los Angeles Fire paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect dead at scene. Both officers were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for injuries sustained in the altercation.
Force Investigation Division investigators 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 Departments 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 is asked 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.