Rommel Firmalino Mendoza, 50
Rommel Firmalino Mendoza, a 50-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer Wednesday, May 27, in the 6400 block of Elmer Avenue in North Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.
At 11:35 a.m., officers from the LAPD’s North Hollywood Division responded to a call of a neighbor dispute, according to a news release from the department.
Officers arrived, spoke with the person who called police, then tried to make contact with Mendoza, who had gone back to his home.
As officers approached his home, he began screaming at the officers from inside, then came outside, holding a wide-bladed sword, police said.
He “ordered the officers to shoot him,” according to police, then moved toward the officers. The officers went back to the street and made a radio call for help. Officers continued to ask Mendoza to drop the sword.
Police said they put a plan into place with officers with less lethal weapons, a communications officer and a helicopter. About 12:15 p.m., Mendoza came out to the street with the sword.
Police said he advanced toward the officers, who then fired at Mendoza with a gun and a 40mm less-lethal round. Mendoza fell to the ground and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A large sword was found at the scene. On June 1, the LAPD identified the officer involved in the shooting as Daniel Harty.