Jerauld Phillip Hammond II, a 46-year-old white man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Thursday, July 27, in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11 a.m., officers from the LAPD’s Hollywood Division responded to a call about a man with a gun at a Motel 6, police said.
The officers went to the motel’s second floor and knocked on the door, asking Hammond to come out.
After about 10 minutes, Hammond opened the door, pointed a handgun in the officer’s direction “and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the news release said.
Hammond, who had been struck by gunfire, closed the door and barricaded himself inside.
Officers called for backup, and a SWAT team arrived, Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters at the scene.
SWAT officers made several attempts to contact the man, without success, he said.
Jimmy Bradford, a 47-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Monday, June 12, in the 5800 block of Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 8 a.m., Bradford was near a 101 Freeway onramp in Hollywood, where he may have been panhandling, when he got into an argument with two other people, Los Angeles Police Lt. John Radtke said.
The argument escalated, and Bradford was stabbed by a man, police said.
The man’s girlfriend then stole Bradford’s backpack, Radtke said. Bradford was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:39 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
On June 15, Alex Conn Vasquez, a 23-year-old Latino, was charged with one count of murder with the allegation that the crime was committed during a robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Vasquez pleaded not guilty and ...
Bryan De La Torrre, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, May 18, in the 1500 block of Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of a shooting in the area, police said. When officers arrived, they found De La Torre, who had been shot, in an alley next to an apartment building, according to a news release from the LAPD.
Investigators believe two people kicked in De La Torre’s apartment door, then shot him. De La Torre then jumped out the apartment window, police said. De La Torre was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on May 19 at 12:21 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The suspects were described as Latino, 20 to 30 years old. One man was wearing a ...
Solomon Picart, a 37-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the 6400 block of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 2 p.m., a bicyclist was stabbed along the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Ivar Avenue, said LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado, a spokesman for the department.
The assailant ran along Sunset Boulevard and tried to get into a coffee shop, but employees held the door shut, Preciado said.
The man, later identified as Picart, then walked into the Jack in the Box on Sunset.
He stabbed a second person, Preciado said. As the second victim ran away, police officers rushed inside. Picart then knifed a third person.
Video posted on social media from inside the restaurant shows a person calling for a makeshift tourniquet for a victim, who is seen sitting in a chair ...
Devon Lamar Jelkes, a 28-year-old black man, was fatally beaten Sunday, Oct. 30, in the 1600 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 2:30 a.m., police responded to calls of a fight as nightclubs were closing, said Officer Aareon Jefferson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Witnesses said that after a nightclub closed for the evening and a crowd milled about on the sidewalk, there was a dispute, according to a news release issued by the LAPD.
Prosecutors said a man punched a woman as she tried to get into a car. Her brother, Jelkes, was running toward his sister when he was attacked by the first man and another man.
Jelkes suffered blunt force trauma and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m., according to coroner’s ...
Ruben Reyes Roque, a 33-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Monday, Oct. 10, near North Western Avenue and Romaine Street in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Roque was dropped off at a hospital by a private vehicle with gunshot wounds shortly after 12:30 a.m. in the Northeast Division of the Los Angeles police department, said LAPD Lt. John Radtke.
Roque was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m. at the hospital, according to coroner’s records.
Police later determined that Roque was originally shot near North Western Avenue and Romaine Street in Hollywood about 12:35 a.m., Radtke said.
Detectives believe Roque was in a vehicle with others when he was shot. At this point, police do not have a description of the shooter.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Bureau detectives at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can ...
Michael John Rush, a 62-year-old white man, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, after he was fatally assaulted near Hollywood Boulevard and North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angelese County coroner’s records.
About 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, officers were flagged down by people who saw Rush hitting cars with a metal flashlight, said LAPD Det. Luis Carranza.
Rush struck a black BMV SUV with a flashlight, then two black men got out of the vehicle and punched him, police said.
Rush fell and hit his head on the ground. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Carranza said.
Rush was pronounced dead four days later, on Aug. 9 at 4:24 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The coroner’s office ruled the death a homicide, records show.
Police want to speak with additional witnesses and believe more vehicles were in the ...
Randall Brett Merhar, a 46-year-old white man, died Thursday, July 28, after sustaining blunt force trauma in the 1400 block of North Orange Drive in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
About 10:40 a.m. July 27, Merhar got into a dispute with a man near the parking lot of a store, according to LAPD Lt. John Radtke. Both men were transients, Radtke said.
During the dispute, the man struck Merhar in the head with a metal pipe, Radtke said. After Merhar fell down, the assailant left the scene.
Shortly thereafter, police arrived, and Merhar was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead the next day at 6:51 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
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Darren Eugene Little, a 43-year-old black man, died Thursday, Feb. 18, after he was shot in the 1700 block of North Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11:15 p.m. on Feb. 17, two men got into a fight over money outside the Rusty Mullet, a bar off Las Palmas Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, said LAPD Lt. John Radtke. Radtke would not say how much money the men were fighting over.
At one point, one of the men pulled a knife and stabbed Little. Little was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“They were definitely acquaintances,” Radtke said.
The assailant then entered a nearby nightclub, threw away the knife and ran east on Hollywood Boulevard. Police on foot patrol detained a man near Wilcox Avenue, about three blocks away.
The 31-year-old black man was booked on suspicion of ...
Carrie Jean Melvin, a 30-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Sunday, July 5, near North McCadden Place and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly after 10 p.m., Melvin and her boyfriend were walking north on McCadden Place and were on their way to grab food when a black man walked up to the two and opened fire on the woman, police said.
The gunman then jumped into a black sedan and drove off, away from the popular tourist area.
Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators are still trying to determine why Melvin, 30, but not other people on the street at the time, was shot. Her boyfriend was unharmed.
There was no initial evidence suggesting the shooting was part of a botched robbery, LAPD Det. John Skaggs said. There was also no conversation between the couple and the gunman ...
Michael Shaun Vosburgh, a 48-year-old white man, was stabbed to death on Sunday, June 28, in the 6700 block of Leland Way in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Los Angeles police officers received a call about a man bleeding in the street about 4:30 p.m.
Vosburgh, who was homeless, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:44 p.m. with a stab wound to the leg, according to coroner’s records. The coroner’s office was unable to find a record of his last address.
Anyone with information is asked to call Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Robledo at the department’s West Bureau at 213-382-9470. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Joel Fraticelli, a 27-year-old white man, was fatally stabbed Wednesday, April 22, in the 1700 block of North Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 8:30 a.m., police responded to a parking lot and found Fraticelli, who had been stabbed after a dispute.
Police said that Fraticelli was standing next to a vehicle when he was stabbed. Fraticelli was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:46 a.m., said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office.
The attacker was believed to have fled in Fraticelli’s truck, a dark brown 2005 Ford F-150 with North Carolina license plates.
Police later found that the assailant abandoned the truck a few blocks away. On April 23, the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Raymond Earl Jackson, a 29-year-old black man, on suspicion of murder. Jackson was charged with one ...