Los Angeles, CA (STL.News) Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred late Sunday evening, in a North Hollywood residential community.
On June 7, 2020, around 6:45 p.m., LAPD, uniformed patrol officers, assigned to North Hollywood Division, responded to an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” radio call for service, at the 5100 block of Bakman Avenue. Upon arrival the officers observed the suspect (later identified as 43-year-old, Gonzalo Morales), inside his apartment armed with a rifle. The officers contained the location and requested Morales to surrender. When Morales refused to exit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) was notified and responded to the scene.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., as the SWAT officers were conducting evacuations, Morales exited his apartment armed with a crossbow which he pointed at an officer resulting in an Officer-Involved-Shooting. During the incident Morales fired an arrow, striking a SWAT officer on his hand and then barricaded himself back inside the apartment. SWAT officers then deployed chemical agents inside the apartment and shortly thereafter Morales surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the injured officer to a local hospital where he was medically treated and released. Morales was not injured.
A crossbow and pellet rifle were located at scene and recovered as evidence.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene investigation.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.