TOPANGA—The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting (OIS) that transpired in a Topanga Division neighborhood on Monday, April 9. According to the LAPD website, at around 10:15 a.m., Topanga Division uniformed officers went in pursuit of a cold plated, brown, Ford Explorer SUV, that was “Lo-Jack” equipped.
While pursuing the suspect, who has been identified as Joseph Carver, 29, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers initiated a foot pursuit and chased Carver into the north/south alley, just west of the 6500 block of Corbin Avenue. The suspect revealed a revolver and fired several shots at the officers, which led to an Officer-Involved-Shooting. The officers fired their police service weapons striking the suspect, causing him to fall to the ground. Carver was taken into custody without any further incidents.
Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and provided Carver with emergency medical treatment, but was pronounced deceased at scene by LAFD paramedics. The suspect’s weapon, which contained six spent casings was located at scene and booked as evidence.
During this incident, one of the involved officers was shot in the left leg and transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injury and listed in stable condition. The second involved officer was transported and treated for minor arm abrasions, a shoulder injury and was released. No pedestrians were injured during the incident.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the on-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.
The officers involved in the incident have been identified as Police Officer II Eduardo Guillen, Serial No. 42367, and Police Officer II Oscar Granillo, Serial No. 42366, who are both officers assigned to the Topanga Division.
“The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed,” states the LAPD.
Anyone with additional details regarding the incident is asked to call the LAPD at: During business hours at (213) 486-5230; during non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Individuals can call 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.