HOLLYWOOD—An officer-involved shooting transpired at a 24-Hour Fitness Gym in Hollywood that left Albert Ramon Dorsey dead. Officials from the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division are investigating the shooting.
On October 29, at around 9:00 a.m., Hollywood Area Officer Edward Agdeppa, Serial No. 41000, and his partner responded to a radio call at the gym in the 6300 block of Sunset Boulevard. Officers were directed to the suspect, Dorsey, who was in a male locker room. Prior to the officer’s arrival, Dorsey showered and when police officers arrived he was naked.
The suspect was uncooperative and a physical altercation transpired when the officers attempted to handcuff him. One of the officers used a TASER to attempt to take Dorsey into custody. During the altercation, the suspect was able to gain control of an officer’s TASER, he punched and broke Officer Agdeppa’s nose, and forced his partner to the ground and continually struck her in the face with his fists, resulting in Officer Agdeppa firing at Dorsey. Dorsey was still in possession of the TASER at the time of the shooting.
He was struck by gunfire and determined to be deceased by personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Both officer’s sustained injuries to their head and face from the altercation and were treated at a local hospital.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and started interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the 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 decide the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD’s policies and procedures. Representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who arrived to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements will be used to determine if the force used by the officer(s) violated any criminal laws.
Anyone with details regarding the 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.
The LAPD Blog notes that 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 Police Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.