Alejandro Valencia Mendez, a 70-year-old Latino, was shot by Los Angeles Police Department officers on Saturday, March 4, near West Olympic Boulevard and South Broadway downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 12:30 p.m., a man was wielding a pipe outside a Carl’s Jr. restaurant in the area, said Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department. According to coroner’s records, Mendez was attacking people with the large metal pipe.
Officers attempted to use Tasers, but after that proved ineffective, they fired at Mendez, Preciado said.
Mendez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:14 p.m.
Police have not yet released the identify of the police officers involved in the shooting.
Michael Dwaine Rogers, a 32-year-old white man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the 1100 block of South Hope Street downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 5 p.m., a security guard saw Rogers, armed with a kitchen knife, try to carjack an L.A. City Department of Transportation officer, but the officer was able to fend him off, police said.
The transportation officer waved down two LAPD traffic officers, who confronted Rogers on South Hope Street between 11th and 12th streets.
Rogers lunged at the driver’s side of the police cruiser with the knife, police said. The officer at the wheel sped forward and made a U-turn, but Rogers entered a nearby exercise studio, frightening customers who scrambled to get away. Rogers then exited the business and was confronted by officers.
“Rogers continued to walk toward the officers ...
Charly "Africa" Leundeu Keunang, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed by police officers on Sunday, March 1, in the 500 block of San Pedro Street in the skid row section of downtown Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner's reports.
Keunang was a homeless man who was shot outside the orange tent where he lived on skid row. He was known by the street names of "Africa" and sometimes "Cameroon," the name of his native country.
He gained international attention after a video of the fatal shooting was posted on Facebook, and it was discovered Keunang had been using a false identity stolen from a French citizen, Charly Saturmin Robinet.
Los Angeles Police officers approached Keunang around noon after receiving a 911 call reporting that he had been involved in some kind of robbery or assault, Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters. ...
Pablo Meza, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police officers Saturday, Jan. 17, at the intersection of Jesse and Mateo streets in Downtown Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s reports.
Los Angeles Police officers were called to the area around 5 p.m. after receiving reports about a “man firing a gun in the air,” in the area, according to a LAPD news release.
When the officers arrived, they reportedly spotted Meza in the area armed with a gun, according to the release. Meza allegedly pointed his gun at the officers, and two officers fired at him, investigators said.
Meza was shot multiple times, according to coroner's records. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County firefighters.
The officers who fired were identified as Officer II Alberto Funes and Officer III Michael Pettinato, a training officer.
Isaac Lee Ricks, a 68-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the 600 block of Wall Street downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 6:50 p.m., LAPD officers responded to a call of a screaming woman in the area. Officers arrived and heard a woman screaming that she was being stabbed and needed help, according to a news release from the LAPD.
Officers forced their way into an apartment and saw Ricks allegedly stabbing the woman. An officer opened fire, wounding Ricks.
Ricks was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:59 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
A knife was recovered at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive.
On Dec. 29, the LAPD identified the officer involved as Juan Lopez of the Central Division ...
Brian Newt Beaird, a 51-year-old white man, was shot and killed by police in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 13, 2013, after leading authorities on high-speed chase through South Los Angeles that ended when he crashed his silver Corvette.
Beaird, of Oceanside, was pronounced dead at California Hospital Medical Center at about 11:13 p.m., said Los Angeles coroner’s Capt. John Kades.
The pursuit began about 9:30 p.m. when L.A. County sheriff’s deputies apparently tried to stop Beaird, for driving recklessly.
Beaird finally crashed his silver Corvette into another car near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street about 10:30 p.m., following an hour-long pursuit that wound through South Gate, Huntington Park and South L.A., police said.
Three LAPD officers fired an estimated 22 times at Brian Beaird, who was unarmed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has put the officers on extended leave ...
Dale Garrett, a 51-year-old black man, was fatally shot by an undercover detective Tuesday, May 10, near 5th and Spring streets in downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The shooting occurred about 12:20 p.m. It was initially reported that Garrett, a transient, was shot during a robbery.
But police now say detectives were walking in the neighborhood when they saw Garrett cutting up what appeared to be narcotics.
The detectives confronted Garrett and attempted to take him into custody, police said.
Garrett, who was armed with a knife, turned toward the detectives, authorities said.
The detectives stepped back and the suspect was then shot, police said. It was unclear if one or more officers fired at Garrett.
Detectives immediately called for paramedics. Garrett later died at a hospital from his injuries.
Irene Fertik, a freelance photographer who lives on Spring Street, was returning home from ...
Sammie Lee Richardson, a 59-year-old black man, was shot and killed by police after leading them on a chase that ended when he rammed into police cruisers Thursday, March 12, according to authorities.
The chase ended shortly before 6 a.m. at 4th and San Pedro streets. At that point, police said Richardson continued to use his SUV to push one of the police cruisers sideways with an officer trapped inside. According to coroner's records, Richardson died of a gunshot wound to the head.
The Los Angeles Police Department also identified the officers involved in the shooting as Sgt. Alcenda Neal, a 15-year veteran of the department, and officers Jose Galvez, Hector Tejada and William Johnson, each of whom has two years with the department. At least five officers were taken to hospitals after the incident, but none suffered major injuries, LAPD Officer April Harding said.
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Jesse Moore, 56, a black man, was shot and killed by police officers at Central Avenue and Wilde Street about 10:20 p.m. in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, July 31.
Below, the Los Angeles Police Department's press statement regarding the shooting: "Suspect being investigated for a narcotics violation attacked officers with a knife."
On Thursday, July 31, 2008, uniformed officers assigned to Central Bureau Safer City Detail were patrolling in the area of Central Avenue and Wilde Street. At about 10:20 p.m., the officers saw a narcotics suspect that had concealed himself in a tent on the sidewalk. As the officers approached the suspect to conduct their interview, the suspect lunged at one of the officers with a knife. Officers Brian Indreland and Thomas Denton fired their handguns at the suspect.
The suspect, identified as Jesse Moore, 56, was struck by the gunfire and was ...