Coroner’s Office Identifies Pasadena Shooting Suspect Killed By Police

Published : Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 11:41 AM

The white Toyota Camry in which Hurtado was shot shown at the scene of the officer-involved shooting at Encanto Park in Duarte on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Image: RMG News

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office today identified the Pasadena shooting suspect killed by law enforcement officers in Duarte last Friday as 28-year-old Matthew Jonathan Luis Hurtado.

Hurtado died in a hospital near the scene of the officer involved shooting about at 2 p.m. on the day of the incident, according to Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, of the Los Angeles Coroner’s office. An autopsy is completed but has not been released.

Winter could not say how many bullets had struck Hurtado.

Hurtado was shot by four law enforcement officers during a U.S. Marshals Task Force manhunt related to a Pasadena shooting which had occurred last Thursday night. In the earlier incident, which police described as an attempted homicide, a young man and teenaged girl were shot as they attended a family birthday party in the 1700 block of North Summit Avenue by an gunman who fled in a white Toyota Camry.

Both Pasadena victims survived.

The officers who encountered Hurtado last Friday were members of a Task Force searching for the suspect.

The officers located the suspect on Friday about 1 p.m. in the south end of Encanto Park in the 700 block of Encanto Parkway while searching for a car described as having fled the scene of the earlier Pasadena shooting.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lieutenant Joe Mendoza said that the suspect “was seated inside the vehicle” when officers made contact with him.

“The suspect did not shoot,” Mendoza said. “There was a handgun recovered inside of the vehicle.”

Investigators have not yet clearly stated why the four officers — two with the Pasadena Police Department, one officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and one from the Glendale Police Department — opened fire on the suspect.

A 36-year-old woman in the car with the suspect was also struck at least one time in the body by gunfire. She was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive. She was allegedly was in possession of narcotics and arrested for the charge.

None of the officers was injured in the incident, although one suffered a minor injury not from gunfire, according to a law enforcement statement. That officer was transported to a local hospital, treated for the injuries and released.

Lt. Tracey Ibarra of the Pasadena Police Dept. said that the two Pasadena officers were placed on administrative leave after the incident but both are expected to be back at work later this week.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

 

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