Jose Juan Mendez, a 16-year-old Latino, was shot by Los Angeles police Saturday, Feb. 6, near South Lorena and East 6th streets in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 10:45 p.m., officers spotted a stolen vehicle and began following the male driver, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said.
Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters Tuesday that when officers approached the vehicle, the driver “armed himself with a sawed-off shotgun,” resulting in the shooting.
The driver, later identified as Mendez, was close to officers but said he did not know whether the teen pointed the gun at police.
The chief said he expected to learn more about the deadly encounter during an in-depth briefing in the coming days.
Mendez was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:56 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
No officers were injured during the confrontation, Herrera said.