Updated: The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer III Shane Bua, Serial No. 35600, from Metropolitan Division.
Los Angeles: On Monday, January 20 around 10:05 p.m., uniformed officers from Metropolitan Division were driving on 55th Street approaching Budlong Avenue when they saw the suspect, later identified as Samajay Bowens, with a bulge under his clothing.
As the officers approached, Bowens held onto his clothing around his waist and began to walk away. One officer directed Bowens to show his hands when he reached under his clothing and produced a shotgun. Bowens fired one round at which resulted in an officer involved shooting. Bowens ran across the street, dropped the shotgun and fled on foot from the officers. A perimeter was established and Bowens was later taken into custody inside the perimeter.
Los Angeles Fire Department responded and treated Bowens for a self-inflicted shotgun wound to his foot. He was transported to a local hospital and in stable condition. No officers were injured during this incident and a shotgun was recovered at scene.
Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough 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 Departments use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved-shooting.
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