December 30, 2021
The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Alexander Estrada, Serial No. 39545, assigned to West Valley Division.
**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 West Valley Division.
On December 24, 2021, around 10:30 a.m., officers responded to multiple calls reporting an Assault with a Deadly Weapon suspect in the area of Vanalden Avenue and Sherman Way. The suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Brandon Camorlinga, had fired a round from a handgun into the air and was seen trespassing in the backyard of his ex-girlfriend’s residence. As officers arrived in the area, an LAPD Air Support Division helicopter was overhead and responding officers were directed to Camorlinga. Camorlinga was walking on Sherman Way, west from Vanalden Avenue. He pointed the handgun in the direction of officers; resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting. He was struck by gunfire and fell to the ground. He was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. He was in critical condition but expected to survive.
The handgun Camorlinga was armed with was recovered at the scene.
No officers were injured during the incident.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses, and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division.
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, 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.