Officer-Involved Shooting of an Animal in Central Division NRF052-23lr

September 27, 2023

**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: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting of a dog that occurred in Central Division.

On September 26, 2023, around 9:40 a.m., Central Division uniformed officers assigned to the Resources Enhancement Services Enforcement Team were deployed to the area of Gladys Avenue and 7th Street on a joint taskforce operation with the Bureau of Sanitation. As officers arrived to the location, an officer heard a community member yell for help.

The officer saw a large Pit Bull dog growling and biting a community member, resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting. The dog was struck by gunfire and retreated to a nearby tent, where the dog later died due to its injuries. The Los Angeles City Animal Control officers responded to the scene and secured the dog.

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the location, treated the community member for his injuries and he was released at scene.

No officers or other community members were injured during this incident.

Force Investigation Division investigators responded to the scene and are investigating this incident.