**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: On January 10, 2022, around 9:16 p.m., an off-duty officer was looking at a home for sale with his girlfriend. While at the location, three male Hispanic suspects approached the officer and his girlfriend and attempted to rob them.
The officer and at least one suspect exchanged gunfire. The suspects fled the scene in a black pick-up truck. The officer was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local hospital by responding Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD) deputies. While at the hospital, the officer died from his injuries.
Los Angeles Sheriff Department deputies received an additional radio call of a male with a gunshot wound nearby and responded to the location where they located the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The two additional suspects are still outstanding. The LASD Homicide Bureau responded and assumed investigative responsibility for the incident. Robbery Homicide Division and Force Investigation Division also responded to assist with the investigation.
The officer’s weapon was recovered at scene. Deputies also located an additional handgun at the location.
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.