Sheriff’s Investigator Says Suspect Fatally Wounded by Police Did Not Shoot at Officers

Investigators still have not yet released the name of the 28-year-old man wanted by Pasadena police who was killed as the result of an officer-involved shooting last Friday

Published : Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 3:31 PM

The suspect's white Toyota Camry at the scene of the officer-involved shooting at Encanto Park in Duarte on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Image: RMG News

The as-yet unidentified suspect killed by four law enforcement officers in Duarte last Friday afternoon during a U.S. Marshals Task Force manhunt related to a Pasadena shooting did not fire a weapon at the officers before they fatally shot him.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lieutenant Joe Mendoza said Tuesday afternoon 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.

The suspect, reportedly a 28-year old Pasadena parolee, was airlifted to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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.

The officers were members of a Task Force searching for the suspect, who had allegedly shot a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl who were attending a family birthday party in the 1700 block of North Summit Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

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.

Mendoza said that upon locating the suspect the officers “made contact” and the officer involved shooting occurred.

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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