LAPD officers fatally shoot man reportedly armed with gun in Westlake

Los Angeles police fatally shot a man reportedly armed with a gun in Westlake early Sunday morning.

Around 3:20 a.m. officers were patrolling near the intersection of Sixth Street and Rampart Boulevard when they spotted a man with a gun, police said.

“When officers contacted him, a shootout ensued involving officers,” Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Bruce Borihanh said.

The suspect, who police said was in his 20s but did not identify himself, ran north on the wall and officers pursued him on foot. They shot him a second time, killing the man, police said.

Police said a handgun was recovered from the scene and video from cameras carried by the officers involved is being reviewed.

It was unclear if the suspect fired at the officers, but there were no other injuries.

More information about how the interaction unfolded would be released following a regulatory investigation, Borihahn said. The department also has a policy to release footage from officers’ cameras within weeks of a police shooting.

The police department’s account could not be independently verified. Several hours after the shooting, the area surrounding the filming location in the densely populated, mostly immigrant community remained cordoned off. Neighbors lingered around the yellow police tape and several businesses remained closed. Street vendors who usually settled there moved down the block.

Steve Flowers, who lives around the block, said he heard the shooting from his apartment.

“I listen to the first two pops,” he said. “There was a pause and then I heard pa-pa-pa-pa.” He estimated that about seven shots were fired in the second salvo.

Adriana Gonzalez said the gunfire woke her up. She similarly heard two initial shots and then several others.

The area has seen a recent increase in crime, said LAPD Rampart Division Capt. Raul Jovel. In recent months, the LAPD has increased overnight patrols in Westlake, he said. LAPD officers fatally shoot man reportedly armed with gun in Westlake

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