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  • May 18, 2014

Danny Christian Molina, 34

Danny Christian Molina, a 34-year-old Latino, died Sunday, May 18, after he was shot by a Los Angeles police officer near Stagg Street and Troost Avenue in Sun Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Foothill patrol officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon about 11:45 p.m. on May 17 in the 11600 block of Stagg Street, according to a department news release.

When the officers arrived, they observed a man, later identified as Danny Christian Molina, standing in the street "throwing rocks and small boulders at civilians and police vehicles," according to the release.

Molina ignored commands from police and pulled out two large kitchen knives with one in each hand.

“Molina continued being non-responsive to officer’s commands and began to move toward the officers,” according to the statement. “As Molina continued to advance  towards the officer, an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Molina fell to the ground where he was taken into custody. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced Molina dead at 12:09 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

On May 29, the department identified the officers who shot Molina as Oscar Orellana and Daniel Ramirez. The department's Force Investigation Division is handling the investigation, as is routine in officer-involved shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to call the division at (213) 486-5230. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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