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  • Death date
  • Nov. 2, 2011
  • Address
  • Inglewood
  • Eucalyptus & Florence avenues

Jomo Zambia, 26

Jomo Zambia, a 26-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Nov. 2, near Eucalyptus Avenue and Florence Avenue in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Zambia was found with gunshot wounds to the arm and torso after he crashed into an officer's car about 2:30 p.m., the Inglewood police said in a statement.

The officer was making a left turn from eastbound Florence onto northbound Eucalyptus when Zambia's vehicle ran a red light and struck the driver's side of the officer's car.

County firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate the officer, who was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, said police Lt. Marie DiBernardo.

Zambia was taken by paramedics to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not named a suspect in the shooting.

Zambia's sister, Mieshia Zambia, 31, of Palmdale, said her brother had just dropped his girlfriend off at work and was driving back to her place when he was shot, she said. Beyond that, she said, the family knew nothing about the circumstances and is hoping witnesses will come forward with more information.

"We don't know what happened. We don't know why this happened. Any information that anyone has out there would be greatly appreciated," Mieshia said. "We just hope and pray that they find who did this."

She said Zambia shared custody of his 3-year-old daughter. He worked for his father's janitorial service and was hoping to go to school to become a barber.

Inglewood police asked that anyone with information call the tip line at (888) 412-7463.

-- Abby Sewell

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