LAPD offers a more detailed account of fatal shooting near Cal State L.A.

Los Angeles police officers Tuesday gave a more detailed account of how a man was killed in a police shooting near the Cal State LA campus last week.

The man has been identified as Lino Soltero. At the weekly Los Angeles Police Commission meeting, LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the panel that Soltero was shot after pulling out a pistol while trying to flee from officers. Moore did not say how many officers fired guns and did not name any of the officers involved.

The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. after police spotted a dark-colored sedan with no license plates and followed it into the Eastern and Lansdowne Avenue area, Moore said. As officers pulled up, Soltero climbed out of the passenger seat and led police on a short foot chase. As he ran, he brandished a pistol and, according to Moore, prompted one or more officers to shoot.

Soltero was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. A loaded 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene, Moore said. Under department policy, officers who use deadly force are placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal investigation into the incident.

The limousine driver fled and collided with another motorist while driving away, the boss said. He has not been identified.

On Saturday, a few dozen family members and friends crowded into a property next to where Soltero was shot. Mourners left bouquets of flowers, candles and bags of Skittles, Soltero’s favorite snack.

The small crowd listened and nodded as Soltero’s sister expressed frustration at being kept in the dark about the shooting.

“They don’t even give us details of what happened,” Bernice Soltero said of her brother’s death, whom she described as “a jokester, loyal, family-oriented.”

Adding to the outrage, she said hospital staff failed to notify the family of his death.

“We had to learn from the news that my brother passed away,” she continued.

She said police squads drove slowly past the vigil several times that morning, which she claimed was an attempt at intimidation.

The incident was the city’s 22nd police shooting that year, nine of which were fatal. The numbers are comparable to those for the corresponding period last year, when the LAPD had 21 shootings, eight of which were fatal. LAPD offers a more detailed account of fatal shooting near Cal State L.A.

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