Los Angeles Sheriffs Investigating Deputy-Involved Shooting

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Suspect Killed In Hail Of Bullets During Deputy-Involved Shooting In Lynwood.

The shooting occurred about 11 a.m. in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, said Deputy Sara Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot an armed suspect in Lynwood on Saturday in an incident caught on a video that appears to show the man being hit with a barrage of gunfire as he walked away from deputies. In it, a person holding a gun, believed to be a sheriff’s deputy, follows a man who appears to be walking away from the official and next to an Arco gas station. He said the suspect was holding the gun when he was shot. “Several calls updating the suspect’s location were also received, including calls that described the suspect as a “male black with a handgun wearing a checkered shirt,” according to the statement. “The deputies immediately approached the suspect and gave him multiple commands to drop the gun,” the statement said. “However, the suspect did not comply and did not drop the handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.” The Sheriff’s Department said there are witnesses who say “they saw the suspect turn and point the gun at the deputies prior to the shooting.” Officials also say they recovered a a loaded .45-caliber handgun at the scene.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting — other witnesses or possible victims — to call them at (323) 890-5500. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. It was not known where he was allegedly shooting, or if one or more witnesses reported this detail. “My understanding is the suspect does, is in one of the frames, but it’s not very clear what the suspect’s actions are,” Hernandez said. “The video is just one piece of evidence that’s going to be examined as a part of a comprehensive, protracted, long investigation, and that’ll be analyzed against the physical evidence, the witness statements and the deputies’ statements.” The video appeared to be filmed from a restaurant across the street from the Arco.

In the unedited version, people can be heard cursing, talking about the incident unfolding in front of them, and asking if real bullets or beanbag rounds were being fired. The shooting is under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney as well as the sheriff’s department, as is standard practice in Los Angeles.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or by texting the letters “TIPLA” plus the tip to 274637, or by visiting the website http://lacrimestoppers.org. Hours after the shooting, more than a dozen people had gathered at the crime scene and several appeared angry and were yelling at sheriff’s deputies who were standing behind police tape.

In this modern age of cell phone video and instant analysis on the internet, I would ask that we keep in mind that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is detailed and time intensive. It will involve, not just one source of information, but numerous sources, potentially including multiple videos, physical evidence and eyewitness accounts.

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