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Arturo Yobani-Torrez Valdez, 27

Arturo Valdez, a 27-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by Los Angeles police on Sunday, April 10, in the 200 block of Park Paseo Lane in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 8:30 p.m., multiple residents called 911 about a burglary at a home, police said. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that a man had smashed the windows of a house where an 83-year-old man lived alone.

The man, later identified as Valdez, forced his way inside and began ransacking the home, Beck said, then took the older man hostage.

"The suspect had been so loud and violent in his attack, smashing the windows to get in the house, that it alerted the whole neighborhood,” Beck said.

Some neighbors grabbed baseball bats and knives, Beck said, and were getting ready to try to rescue the resident when two officers from the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division arrived at the scene.

The officers ran inside and said they saw Valdez holding a 7-inch knife to the victim’s neck, Beck said.

“They tried to negotiate, they tried to deescalate,” Beck said. “None of that worked.”

Instead, Beck said, Valdez“began to do things that indicated that he was going to kill the victim.”

One of the officers then fired his gun, striking Valdez.

Valdez died at the scene. The 83-year-old victim was not injured, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said.

On April 20, LAPD identified the officer involved as officer Gabriel Blanco. Beck said that the inquiry into the shooting was “very much an unfolding investigation,” but that investigators had collected footage from body cameras the officers were wearing.

The shooting will also be reviewed by the district attorney’s office, the Police Commission and its inspector general.

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

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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