LOS FELIZ—Carlos Wilhelm, 39, was fatally shot by a LAPD officer after murdering his aunt, Lorraine Gonzalez, 55, in Los Feliz on Wednesday, September 16, says the LAPD.
Authorities responded to reports shortly after noon of shots being fired in the 4100 block of Willimet Avenue. An air unit then directed the ground team to the scene after spotting a man wielding a rifle outside a home, Officer Douglas Bowler of the Northeast Community Police Station told Canyon News.
Police told Wilhelm to drop the rifle and after refusing orders, an officer-involved shooting took place around 12:20 p.m. Wilhelm was immediately transported to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead, said Officer Bowler.
Wilhelm shot his aunt after he was evicted from the home that they both shared with Gonzalez’s parents, authorities later reported.
The last officer-involved shooting that took place in Los Feliz occurred on June 19 when Walter William DeLeon, 48, was shot by police on Los Feliz Boulevard. Officials reported that DeLeon moved towards the officer in an “aggressive” manner with one arm covered in a gray cloth leading them to conclude that he was concealing a weapon, reported the LAPD.
DeLeon remained in critical condition for over a month after surviving gunshot wounds to both his face and chest. He is currently recovering from surgeries through rehabilitation.
The officer involved has been on leave pending the ongoing investigation.
No officers were injured during the shooting on Wednesday. The case is still under investigation.