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**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: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an In-Custody Death that occurred in the Rampart Area.
On September 15, 2018, a female victim walked into the front lobby of Rampart Area station and advised the officers that the suspect, later identified as Tyler Evans, was now outside of the Rampart Station armed with a firearm. The victim further advised the officers that on September 14, 2018, she filed a Domestic Violence report naming Evans as the suspect.
Rampart uniformed officers along with a Rampart supervisor responded to the front of the station, contacted Evans and attempted to apprehend him. Evans refused to comply with the officers’ directions, resulting in the deployment of a 40mm less lethal munition. Evans then reached into his pant pocket, retrieved a handgun and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Evans was pronounced dead at scene by Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics. No officers were injured during the incident and a firearm was recovered at scene.
Force Investigation Division detectives responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the In-Custody death investigation.
The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s policy. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the incident.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
During business hours at 213-486-5230; During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247); Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.