WOODLAND HILLS—A woman who was shot by a DEA agent in Woodland Hills on Wednesday, November 20 during a drug overdose investigation has been identified. Jessica Beedles, 42, was identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Federal agents arrived at the scene around 3:45 a.m. on the 5000 block of Nora Lynn Drive to serve a search warrant related to a drug overdose case. The agents “encountered an armed suspect and an agent-involved shooting occurred,” stated DEA spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. The suspect was said to have been armed, but it is unclear what type of weapon she was carrying or if she pointed it at officials. It has not been confirmed if she was connected to the original drug overdose case.
Over a dozen agents were at the scene and it is unclear how many fired their weapons or how many shots were fired. During the shooting, several people were inside the home, but no other individuals inside the home or other DEA agents were injured during the incident.
The search warrant was related to an overdose investigation that transpired in July 2019. According to Nishida, the overdose was reported at a different location and did not occur at the home where the warrant was served.
The shooting will be investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division. The DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division is investigating the ongoing drug overdose case.