SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) has identified the homicide suspect injured in an officer-involved shooting on Friday, August 4, according to a press release from Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez, Executive Officer for the Chief of Police and Public Information Officer for the department on Tuesday, August 8.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Airport Division charged Christopher Charles Davis, 46, with murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On August 4, at about 6:28 p.m., the SMPD received multiple reports regarding a possible shooting of a victim near the area of Main Street and Strand Avenue. Officers located a male victim lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Lt. Rodriguez indicated. The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Santa Monica Fire Department and transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival.
Davis was spotted in the area of 3rd Street and Hollister Avenue, holding a handgun and pointing it at officers, according to the SMPD. Additional officers arrived and confronted the suspect, which led to an exchange of gunfire. Davis was struck and taken into custody. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to a local hospital for treatment.
SMPD detectives are actively investigating the incident. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Officer-Involved-Shooting Team is conducting an independent review of the incident, Lt. Rodriguez indicated.
Davis is being held in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on $2 million bail. He was scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday afternoon at Airport Courthouse.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to call Detective Cooper at (310) 458-8937; Detective Leone at (310) 458-8949; Sgt. Sal Lucio at (310) 458-8760; or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.