Michael David Lopez, a 44-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by police on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the 2800 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Torrance police spotted Lopez, who was driving a green Ford Ranger and was believed to be under the influence, and tried to pull him over about 2 a.m., according to a news release. Lopez refused to stop, and a chase began, authorities said.
Police twice tried to stop Lopez by hitting the back of his truck in an effort to send it into a spin, a tactic known as a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or a PIT maneuver. The second attempt ended in the 2800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, where police shot Lopez, the release said.
He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
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Albert Garcia, a 58-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police officers Sunday, Oct. 8, in the 100 block of Harding Avenue in San Fernando, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
San Fernando police officers were called to Garcia's apartment about 11 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing a woman screaming from inside the apartment, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza, whose Homicide Bureau team is investigating the shooting.
When the officers arrived, they tried to contact the people inside, but Garcia refused to open the door, Mendoza said.
The officers forced their way inside the apartment to check on the woman's safety and encountered Garcia, who was armed with a large kitchen knife, according to Mendoza.
"They attempted to spray him with OC [pepper spray] to get him to comply," Mendoza said, then officers fired their weapons. ...
Matthew Jonathan Luis Hurtado, a 28-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers on Friday, Oct. 6, in the 700 block of Encanto Parkway in Duarte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Hurtado was wanted in connection with an Oct. 5 shooting at a family gathering in Pasadena in which a 19-year-old man and 16-year-old girl were wounded, Pasadena Police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said. The girl was treated and released, but the man was critically injured and is still hospitalized.
A task force of officers from multiple agencies began looking for Hurtado on Oct. 6, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. Hurtado, a parolee, was considered armed and dangerous.
At 1 p.m., the task force — comprised of U.S. Marshals and officers from the Pasadena Police Department, Glendale Police Department and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation — found Hurtado inside his ...
Vincent Edward Hernandez Jr., a 39-year-old Latino, died Monday, Sept. 11, after he was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the 1200 block of Stichman Avenue in the West Puente Valley community of Bassett, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Members of Hernandez’s family called deputies about 4:40 p.m. saying he was using narcotics and creating a disturbance, said Sheriff's Lt. Rodney Moore.
Deputies tried to talk to Hernandez, but he had locked himself in a bedroom, Moore said. Hernandez ignored deputies’ orders that he leave the room, and instead climbed out the bedroom window into the backyard, Moore said.
Two deputies confronted Hernandez in the backyard, Moore said, and saw that he was holding what looked like two guns, a rifle in one hand and a handgun in the other.
Hernandez ignored their orders to drop the ...
Christopher Michael Diaz, a 26-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by authorities on Friday, Aug. 18, in the 2900 block of West Via Corona in Montebello, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
For almost two weeks, Montebello police and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched for Diaz, who they thought had fatally shot his estranged wife, Roxann Acosta, 28. She was 15 weeks’ pregnant when she was killed.
Authorities found Diaz a few miles from his mother’s house, where Acosta and her unborn child died, according to a police report.
When officers arrived about 2:40 p.m., Diaz fled on foot. They chased him to a front yard, where Diaz drew a semi-automatic handgun, aimed at officers and fired at least one round, the news release said.
Police fired back. Diaz was struck at least once and died at the ...
Eric Paul Bogart, a 49-year-old white man, died Thursday, Aug. 10, after he was shot by police in the 1600 block of Alta Mura Road in Pacific Palisades, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 10:53 p.m., officers from the LAPD’s Pacific Division responded to a call at a home and discovered that Bogart had been arguing with a woman who lived at the residence, and the two were in an on-again, off-again relationship, said Los Angeles Police Capt. Brian Wendling.
The man, later identified as Bogart, had fired several rounds at the woman, but she escaped unharmed. When officers arrived at the home they met with a private security guard who told them the suspect had barricaded himself inside.
Police then set up a perimeter around the house and called in a SWAT team, said Officer Drake Madison, an LAPD spokesman.
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Todd Gregory Hurlburt, a 53-year-old white man, was shot and killed by police Friday, Aug. 4, in the 800 block of Venice Boulevard in Venice, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Officers responded about 8:30 p.m. to a call to “keep the peace” and met a woman outside a home who said that Hurlburt, her boyfriend, was inside destroying her “personal property,” according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
As officers walked into the home, they saw Hurlburt sitting in a chair across the room with his back to the officers with a rifle in his hand, according to a news release from the department.
“Mr. Hurlburt ignored verbal commands from the officers to drop the rifle,” according to a news release from Aug. 29. “He stood up and turned in their direction with the rifle,” prompting the police shooting, according ...
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.
Marco Cardoza, a 41-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by South Pasadena police on Thursday, June 29, in the 1400 block of Broadway in Burbank, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 8:30 a.m., two South Pasadena police officers went to a home in Burbank to serve a warrant to a woman, said Lt. Claudio Losacco, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department. While there, officers encountered Cardoza at the residence.
Sometime during the interaction, Cardoza pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers, and police opened fire, Losacco said. Cardoza was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:42 a.m., according to coroner’s records. Investigators later determined the gun Cardoza had was a replica.
According to Losacco, the detectives were in the area conducting an identity-theft investigation.
“The investigators knew they may encounter the now-deceased man at the home,” he said.
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Armando Garcia-Muro, a 17-year-old Latino, was killed Thursday, June 22, when he was struck by a deputy’s ricocheting bullet fired at a charging dog in the 38500 block of 10th Street East in Palmdale.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the apartment complex about 3:40 a.m. regarding a complaint about loud music, said Lt. Rodney Moore. As the deputies walked up the driveway, a 60-to-65-pound pit bull charged towards them and bit one on the knee, Moore said.
The deputies pulled back to nurse the injured deputy, and a teenage boy ran out to drag the dog behind the apartment complex, Moore said.
The boy, later identified as Armando, tied the dog up, but at some point it apparently broke free and ran toward the deputies again, Moore said.
Two of the five deputies fired at the dog when it was ...