Few details in two recent fatal LAPD shootings

On Tuesday morning, Lara Anne Piszczek was standing with a friend outside a donut shop on West Anaheim Street in Wilmington when a man with a gun approached.

He acted bizarrely, she recalled, screaming incomprehensibly and threatening to shoot her before running away. Piszczek suspected he was drugged.

A short time later, a few blocks from Piszczek, a man was shot dead by Los Angeles police officers in the second fatal shooting by LAPD officers in three days.

Police officials have released some details about the shooting. The man, whose name has not been released, died after being taken to a hospital.

For Piszczek there is no doubt that the man killed by the police was the same who approached them. While she admitted she was shaken by the clash, the fact that the police shot the man didn’t sit well with her either.

“That’s sad,” she said, recalling the episode as she sat in front of a recycling facility next to the donut shop. “Why couldn’t they shoot him in the leg?”

If they believe deadly force is required to stop someone, police are trained to shoot the person in the torso.

A press release from the LAPD said officers were called to the 600 block of Anaheim Street Tuesday morning to report a person with a gun. When they arrived, police said, officers confronted an armed suspect in a nearby alley where the shooting took place. A police spokeswoman said no officers were injured and a gun was recovered from the scene.

Investigators are still trying to piece together the sequence of events leading up to the shooting, including whether the man shot officers, the spokeswoman said.

As of Wednesday morning, police cordon tape had come down, leaving no evidence of the violent encounter that had taken place along the route of liquor stores, taquerias and check cashing shops.

Eduardo Velez, who runs an outlet store with his wife, said the pair heard what sounded like fireworks shortly after work on Tuesday but wrote them down as children set off fireworks celebrating the May 4 holiday .July was left. The couple learned of the shooting hours later when investigators showed up and asked to check the store’s outdoor security cameras.

Details about another deadly police shooting days earlier in south LA were similarly sparse.

In the incident, which took place around 9:45 pm on July 2 in the area of ​​36th Place and Maple Avenue, police said officers shot and killed a gunman after he refused to obey their orders. Before the man was shot, police fired at least one rubber bullet at him and he fell to the ground, but did not drop the gun, police said. He later died at a nearby hospital and a firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.

The Times was unable to independently verify either police report.

Both incidents are being investigated by LAPD investigators and the findings will be presented to the LAPD Civilian Oversight Commission. Such investigations usually take several months and can last up to a year. According to a department policy, videos that investigators collect from a shooting should be released within 45 days.

After hitting a 30-year low in 2019, the number of police shootings has risen in each of the past two years. In 2021, LAPD officers opened fire 37 times, killing 18 people, a significant increase from the 27 shots by officers, seven of which were fatal, the year before.

LAPD chief Michel Moore said the department is reviewing how it trains officers in the use of deadly force given the increase over the past year.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-07/details-slim-in-two-recent-fatal-lapd-shootings Few details in two recent fatal LAPD shootings

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