HOLLYWOOD—An armed robber was shot by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department after a confrontation with authorities on January 16, which resulted in the death of the suspect. According to the LAPD blog, the incident occurred at 2:15 p.m. when the LAPD Communications Division received a 9-1-1 call from a local resident regarding a trespass suspect that later returned and confronted the caller in his backyard on the 1800 block of Courtney Terrace.
The caller was able to describe the robber to authorities as a male who was wearing dark clothing and pointed a handgun at him while in his backyard. LAPD patrol units, as well as a police helicopter descended on the area.
Before authorities arrived on the scene, the suspect attempted to break into a garage located near the caller’s home, but did not find success. He fled down a steep hill and into the 1800 block of Nichols Canyon Road where he tried to gain entrance into a gated yard by pointing his firearm at a person working at a residence. He was spotted by the police helicopter while fleeing down the hillside.
Officers Marcus Kemp and Brett Cohen responded to the scene and spotted the suspect hiding behind a car along Nichols Canyon Road. The suspect emerged from behind the vehicle and aimed his gun at officers as they arrived. The officers responded by firing their guns at the suspect who fell to the ground. The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics assisted with medical treatment, but the suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. He has been identified as Alfred Longoria, 33, and he was in possession of stolen property from the 9-1-1 caller’s residence and a replicate firearm that resembled a Colt Defender semi-automatic pistol.
The LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police Charlie Beck and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD’s policies and procedures. In addition, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the shooting incident to determine whether any of the officers’ actions violated California criminal statutes.
The following information is based on a preliminary, 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 of the incident may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call LAPD’s 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) or send a text 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”