Suspect Points Gun at Police then Flees

September 19, 2006

Los Angeles: The driver of a car pointed a gun at police as he drove down the street at a high rate of speed.

On September 17, 2006, around 1:30 a.m., Northeast Officers Mario Jacinto and Emerick Cadelina were in the area of York Avenue and Eagle Rock Boulevard when they heard several gunshots nearby. A late model SUV containing 23-year-old Eowin Bautisia and 22-year-old Alfredo Baraijas was observed eastbound on York Avenue traveling at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle drove by the officers, the front passenger in the SUV pointed a handgun at the officers.

Officer Marion, the driver fired several times hitting the suspect’s vehicle and a wall. After a brief vehicle pursuit, the suspects stopped and were taken into custody.

During the pursuit the suspects threw several items from their vehicle. A check of the area resulted in the recovery of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Minutes prior to this shooting, it is believed the suspects were involved in shooting that occurred at a AM/PM Market, where they exchanged gunfire with a group standing near the market. A rifle was recovered at that scene.

Both suspects were booked for Assault With a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer.

Officer Jacinto is 28 and has 4 years with the LAPD. Officer Cadelina is 39 and has 10 months with the Department.

Force Investigation Division is handling the investigation. Questions may be directed to Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.