September 19, 2017
Update: The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Geovanny Salazar, Serial No. 41381.
**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**
Van Nuys: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Van Nuys.
On September 8, 2017, around 6:10 p.m., The LAPD’s Van Nuys units responded to a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon suspect there now in the 13900 block of Valerio Street. Upon arrival, the officers heard screaming and were confronted by the suspect, Gabriel Coronel. Coronel pointed a rifle barrel at the officers and an Officer-Involved Shooting occurred.
A bean bag shotgun was also fired during this incident. Coronel was not struck by gunfire, however was taken into custody and transported to a local area hospital where he was evaluated for any injuries resulting from the bean bag shotgun. No officers were injured during the incident. Additionally, the suspect’s mother and sister were cut during an altercation with the suspect. Their respective injuries were not life threatening and they were listed in stable condition at a local hospital. Component parts of a rifle were recovered at scene.
The Office of the Inspector General had a representative at scene monitoring the investigation.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division is conducting a thorough investigation of the Officer-Involved Shooting which will be presented to the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force and tactics employed by the officers complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will also review the evidence collected during the investigation to determine whether any criminal laws were violated.
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.”