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Jesse Moore, 56

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 taken into custody.

Moore was taken for treatment to a local hospital, where he died.

Indreland has been with the department for three years, and Denton has two years of service.

Neither officer was injured during the incident.

Force Investigation Division is handling the investigation.

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