HOLLYWOOD—A suspect was killed after shooting transpired on July 27 involving a Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Area officer. According to the LAPD blog, the incident transpired shorting after 11 a.m. when officers responded to a radio call of a “man with a gun” on the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue.
After arriving on the scene, police were informed that the suspect, Jerauld Phillip Hammond, was on the second floor, in the hallway armed with a gun. Officers responded to the second floor and were directed to Hammond’s room where they knocked on the door and requested he exit the room. After approximately 10 minutes, the suspect opened the door, pointed a handgun in the officers direction and an Officer-Involved shooting occurred. Hammond, who was believed to have been struck by gunfire, closed the door, barricading himself inside.
Metropolitan Division SWAT officers were requested and responded to the scene. After repeated requests for Hammond to exit his room, SWAT officers subsequently made entry into Hammond’s room and found him dead on the floor. No officers were injured during the incident. Authorities recovered three firearms at scene.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and Office of the Inspector General were at scene. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged 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.