Officer Shooting in Mission Area

March 31, 2009

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Officer investigating reports of gun fire heard in the area were met with gunfire, resulting in an officer involved shooting.

On, March 26, 2009, at around 11:45 p.m., Officer Joshua Fluty and Officer Nathan Tourtellote, two and three years on the department respectively, were patrolling in the area of Borden Avenue and Hubbard Street.  The Officers heard several shots and saw a vehicle driving erratically in the area, while following the vehicle even more shots were heard.  

The suspect’s car collided with a parked vehicle in the area of Phillippi Avenue and Hubbard Street.  As the two suspects ran from the vehicle, they fired shots at the officers.  Both Officers returned fire.

Raymond Paul Rodriguez, 29, was taken into custody after a police dog found him hiding.  Rodriguez was treated for dog bite injuries at a local hospital and booked for Attempt Murder of a Police Officer.  He is being held on $1,250,000 bail.

The additional suspect was not found.  A loaded pistol and rifle were recovered and taken into evidence.

Neither officers were injured, and the Department’s Force Investigation Division is handling the investigation.