Cesar Frias, 20
Cesar Frias, a 20-year-old white man, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer Wednesday, April 6, in the 14700 block of Lakeside Street in Sylmar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 7 p.m. on April 5, officers responded to a call of a man with mental illness at a home, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers arrived and were directed inside a home where they saw Frias and two other males, according to the news release.
Officers said they were there to help Frias and take him to a hospital, police said. Frias was agitated, and officers tried to subdue him using a Taser and bean bag gun, but none of the weapons had an effect, LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told The Times.
Frias then locked himself in another room, and officers continued to ask him to surrender. SWAT responded, assisted by a Crisis Negotiation Team.
Sometime after midnight, SWAT officers fired gas into the house, Aguilar said. About 1:30 a.m., Frias walked out of the home with a pair of scissors and “charged toward SWAT officers,” police said.
SWAT officers again fired Taser darts and bean bag rounds at him, police said. The man then ran to the side of the house and into the backyard, where officers attempted to apprehend him.
During the struggle, Aguilar said, the man cut a SWAT officer in the arm.“The partner officer then fired his weapon,” Aguilar said.
The shooting remains under investigation.
The department identified the officer who fired one round as Enrique Anzaldo. The SWAT officer was treated at a local hospital.