HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on McCadden Place and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on Monday, November 25 around 11:20 a.m.
The 22 year-old male suspect, Nathaniel Pinnock, entered a local auto parts store on the northeast corner of Fountain and Highland Avenue and committed a robbery while armed with a machete. Pinnock left the store with the stolen items, while still armed with the weapon.
Witnesses contacted the LAPD and uniformed patrol officers assigned to the Hollywood Division and directed them to Pinnock who was walking northbound on McCadden Place from De Longpre Avenue. Officers followed Pinnock and observed him walk into the drive-thru of a restaurant located on the corner of McCadden Place and Sunset Boulevard.
At the drive-thru, Pinnock entered the passenger side of a victim’s vehicle with the machete. The driver exited the vehicle as Pinnock overtook the drivers seat. In the officers attempt to detain Pinnock, a less-lethal option was used that was ineffective.
Pinnock stole the vehicle and drove out of the drive-thru at a high rate of speed and collided into two police cruisers. The stolen vehicle came to rest at the intersection of McCadden Place and Sunset Boulevard.
As Pinnock exited the vehicle armed with the machete, the officers utilized additional less-lethal tactics to detain him. Despite their efforts, Pinnock ran from the vehicle eastbound on Sunset Boulevard with the machete still in his possession.
Officers pursued him on foot and after a short distance, Pinnock changed his direction and charged towards one of the officers while holding the machete in his right hand. He was struck by gunfire as a mode of defense and fell to the pavement where he was taken into custody without further incident.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Pinnock to a local hospital where he later died. LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence The machete was located at the scene and booked as evidence.
Although one officer sustained minor injuries, no other innocent bystanders were injured during this incident. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene investigation.