PACOIMA—The Los Angeles Police Department ‘s Force Investigation Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting that transpired on May 30. Foothill Division officers arrived on the scene at 11:48 p.m. on May 29 after receiving a call of a stabbing report on the 10900 block of Telfair Avenue.
They encountered the suspect, Bryan Rodriguez, 29, beneath a carport in front of a stabbing victim. Rodriguez prevented authorities from administering emergency assistance.
Officers attempted to communicate with Rodriguez first by issuing verbal commands. When several attempts at conversation failed, officers warned the suspect that force might be used to subdue him through the use of “less lethal munitions.”
According to the LAPD Blog, Rodriguez threw various objects (chairs, cement blocks and broken ceramic pieces) injuring three officers. Rodriguez, armed with a large pick axe charged at the officers, which led to an Officer-Involved Shooting.
Rodriguez was struck by the gunfire and taken to a local hospital by paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). He died from injuries sustained. The LAFD transported the stabbing victim to the hospital, who listed in stable, but serious condition. The three officers involved in the shooting were treated for injuries sustained. Rodriguez’s pickaxe was recovered from the scene and booked as evidence.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) arrived on the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene investigation.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.
Anyone with details regarding this incident is asked to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
•During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
•During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
•Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
•Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.