HOLLYWOOD—On Sunday, November 30, a suspect who is identified as Dirck White, was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in the Hollywood Division.
At around 10:00 a.m., Hollywood area officers responded to a radio call of an alleged “burglary from motor vehicle,” on the 5400 block of Lemon Grove Avenue.
Officers arrived to see a male suspect near the intersection of Lemon Grove Avenue and Melrose Avenue. The suspect noticed the officers and attempted to flee southward toward Wilton Avenue.
One of the officers then began to pursue the suspect on foot while his partner followed in the police vehicle. A taxi driver noticed the officer pursuing the suspect on foot and offered to drive him.
They both traveled a short distance when they located the suspect hiding behind a parked vehicle. By the time both officers arrived, the suspect brandished a handgun and began firing at the officers.
The assailant was injured in the incident and Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to treat the suspect. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The officers were not injured and the suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.
An investigation by the Force Investigation Division and reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Officer of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners is being conducted to determine compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy, which states that use-of-force must be “objectively reasonable.”
The incident is also under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division.
Officer Nuria Vanegas, an LAPD public information officer, told Canyon News that these types of investigations take months to complete and that there is little preliminary information at this early stage.
An initial investigation, though, revealed that White was the primary suspect wanted in the February 6, 2014 murder of Clackamas County Weighmaster, Grady Waxenfelter, in Oregon.
Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.