LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office revealed on Tuesday, January 3, 2018 that Ivan Castillo, 27, was charged with attempting to kill two Los Angeles Police Department officers and another man in the Westlake District.
Castillo was charged in case BA463988 with two counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm and one count each of attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
The felony complaint includes special allegations that the defendant personally used and intentionally discharged a handgun. He was arraigned on January 3 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray of the Crimes Against Peace Officers. On December 29, 2017, the suspect opened fire on two LAPD officers on Hartford Avenue near downtown Los Angeles.
A female officer was shot in leg and the other officer, along with another man who was in close proximity, were not injured. Castillo fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later. His bail was set at $4.03 million. If convicted as charged, he could face up to life in state prison. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division is still investigating the case.