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Carlos Torres, 39

Carlos Torres, a 39-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by Los Angeles police Monday, Aug. 19, near Branford Street and Arleta Avenue in Arleta, according to Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s records.

The incident began at 4:19 p.m., when officers from the LAPD’s Mission Division responded to a call of a family dispute in the 13100 block of Ottoman Street. 

When officers arrived they were directed by the person who called police to Torres, who was on the front porch, according to a statement from the LAPD.

Officers tried to speak with Torres, who stepped back into the house as he removed a gun from his waistband. He removed his gun and fired at the officers, who fired back, police said.

Torres then went into the house and was seen running through a neighboring yard and onto Ottoman Street. As Torres continued to run, police fired again at him.

Near the mouth of the alley near Ottoman Street and Arleta Avenue, Torres raised his gun again in the direction of another group of responding officers, who fired at him.

Torres then collapsed in the alley.  Torres was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:56 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

A .22-caliber gun was found at the scene. No one else was injured.

The incident is still being investigated by the LAPD. The incident will also be reviewed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the Office of the Inspector General. 

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Officer Adiel Herrera and Raul Hernandez of the Mission Division. Officer Miguel Zendejas with the Foothill Division was also identified by the department. 

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