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Carlos Joseph Wilhelm, 39

Carlos Joseph Wilhelm, a 39-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police officers Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the 4100 block of Willimet Street in Atwater Village, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.  

The incident began shortly after noon when Los Angeles police received reports about gunfire in the home where Wilhelm had lived with his aunt, Lorraine Gonzalez, and her elderly parents, according to the Los Feliz Ledger.

As officers and paramedics approached the house, an officer flying in a helicopter overhead spotted a man with a rifle outside, according to The Times. The man was later identified as Wilhelm.

The officers then “tactically deployed” around the house so they could evaluate any potential threats from Wilhelm and act as quickly as possible to help anyone who had been shot, LAPD Lt. John Jenal told The Times. 

“As they’re making their approach, the suspect engages the officers,” Jenal said, and Wilhelm was shot by the officers. 

Wilhelm was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead around midnight, The Times reported.  The coroner’s office did not have a time of death. 

Gonzalez, a 55-year-old Latina, was found inside the house with gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 p.m.

The Los Feliz Ledger quoted neighbors as saying that Wilhelm had been evicted from the house where he had lived earlier that day. 

Neighbors said Gonzalez, who was deaf and mute, was funny and personable and was active in the deaf community, according to the Los Feliz Ledger. 

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