The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Sergeant Christopher Delatorre, Serial No. 33908 and Police Officer II Marco Evans, Serial No. 38736.
Hollywood: On June 10, 2015, at 4:22 p.m., two supervisors from Hollywood Area responded to a radio call of a “man armed with a knife, possibly mentally ill.”
When the sergeants arrived to the northeast corner of Sycamore Avenue and Lexington Avenue, they saw a man sitting on the sidewalk armed with a knife. One of the supervisors requested an additional unit as well as non-lethal resources including a bean bag and a TASER. When the secondary unit arrived to the scene, the officers attempted to verbalize with the armed man who without warning, immediately stood up and charged at one of the supervisors resulting in an officer-involved-shooting.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the suspect to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The suspect has been identified as 33 year-old William Nagano from Long Beach.
No officers were injured during this incident and the knife was recovered at scene.
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 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.
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