Officer-Involved Shooting Occurs During Traffic Stop NR10358rh

July 13, 2010

Los Angeles: Last Saturday evening an officer-involved shooting occurred in the 1300 block of East 42nd Street.  

On July 10, 2010, at around 10:05 p.m., LAPD Newton Area Police Officer II Jorge Munoz (5 years and 7 months with the Los Angeles Police Department) and Police Officer II Mauricio Ruiz (5 years and 2 months with the Los Angeles Police Department) observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop in the 1300 block of East 42nd Street.  The driver immediately exited through the driver’s door and became uncooperative with the officers.  The passenger also exited the car and approached Officer Ruiz.  Suddenly, the driver turned and ran away west on 42nd Street with Officer Munoz running after him.  Officer Ruiz quickly handcuffed the passenger and joined his partner running after the driver.

The suspect turned southbound climbing over a wall and fence then pointed a handgun toward the officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.  The suspect dropped the handgun and continued to run southbound through the alley.  A perimeter was established and a K-9 unit responded to conduct a search for the suspect.  The suspect was located to the rear of 1324 East 42nd Place where a K-9 contact occurred.

The handgun was recovered, and Officer Munoz received minor injuries while climbing the block wall.  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the suspect to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Force Investigation Division Detectives responded and are investigating the officer involved shooting.  The FID Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) is investigating the crimes committed against the officers.