STUDIO CITY—The man who was shot and killed by the Los Angeles Police Department during a standoff in Studio City last week has been identified as 44-year-old Seth Raines from Los Angeles County.
A coroner’s spokesperson officially ruled Raines’ cause of death as a result of multiple gunshot wounds he sustained.
The shooting took place on July 24, in front of a Union Bank near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Vantage Avenue. Raines had reportedly been dangerously shooting off his gun into the air with people in close proximity.
According to eyewitness accounts, Raines appeared calm and composed during the ordeal and remained calm when the LAPD arrived.
Once the police were on the scene, they attempted to negotiate with Raines for several minutes before he raised his gun and begun to walk towards them. Authorities then fired shots at the suspect.
Police quickly acted on removing the threat of a suspicious package the deceased shooter had been holding before he was gunned down.
A bomb squad was alerted and arrived shortly to help properly dispose of the package. It was later exploded by a bomb squad robot.
Raines’ court records indicate that this was not his first run-in with the LAPD. The suspect had previously been charged for a number of city code violations, that included camping out in a public place, though the charges were later dropped. In 2008, he was also cited for resisting arrest.
It is not yet clear whether Raines had a history of mental illness. His next-of-kin has reportedly been notified of his death.