Officer-Involved Shooting of an Animal in Newton Division – NRF050-23bb

September 18, 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 (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) of a dog that occurred in Newton Division.

On September 17, 2023, at around 4:30 p.m., Newton Division uniformed officers responded to a radio call of an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon,” located at West 40th Place and Broadway Place.

As officers arrived, they exited their police vehicle and encountered a large Pit Bull who charged toward the officers, resulting in an OIS. The dog was struck by gunfire and retreated to a nearby tent. Los Angeles City Animal Control officers responded to the scene and secured the wounded dog. The dog was subsequently transported to an animal clinic and was euthanized due to its injuries.

No other community members or officers were injured during this incident. Force Investigation Division (FID) investigators responded to the scene and are investigating this incident.