Coroner Says Police Shooting Suspect Did Not Die From Self-Inflicted Wounds

Published : Monday, May 20, 2019 | 3:38 PM

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has ruled that the death of Daniel Loren Warren, 36, during a police shooting in Pasadena last Friday evening was a homicide. Police opened fire at Warren when he pointed a long gun at them, law enforcement officials said last week.

The coroner’s conclusion was made after an autopsy was performed today, said Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer for the Los Angeles County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner. She said homicide is defined as death at the hands of another.

Police said that Warren was found dead in the backyard of a residence after police fired their weapons at him, and he retreated around behind the home.

Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. homicide investigators initially said they did not know if Warren had died by his own hand from the guns he had in his possession during the incident or from police gunfire.

Today’s coroner’s ruling means that Warren did not commit suicide.

Ardalani said Warren “died from gunshot wounds to the left axilla (armpit area) and right thigh.”

Police were called to the area of the 1500 block of Glen Avenue near Howard Street around 6:30 p.m. on May 17 after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a man with a gun walking around the neighborhood.

Police located the man and approached him as he stood inside a fenced property, according to investigators.

The suspect yelled at the officers and then pointed a firearm at them. Officers opened fire and the suspect retreated to the rear yard and out of the officers’ view, a statement from officials said.

Officers approached the residence and found the suspect in the rear yard, unresponsive and suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Pasadena Fire Dept. paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.

Authorities said investigators recovered a rifle with a large capacity drum style magazine and a handgun in close proximity to the suspect. There was evidence to support that the suspect fired at least one round.

No police officers were injured during the incident.

Pasadena Police Chief John Perez told Pasadena Now the investigation will be handled by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau investigators.

Perez called the incident a tragedy but said arriving officers were confronted by a dangerous individual and acted properly and professionally.

“We asked for the community to support them as we go through the investigation,” Perez said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Sheriff’s investigators.

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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