2 Dead, 1 Injured After Multiple Officer-Involved Shootings in Los Angeles
USLorenz Duchamps

A man was shot and killed Wednesday night after an officer-involved shooting occurred at the parking lot of a Los Angeles gas station, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced the shooting incident in an updated news release on Friday, saying that a man, whose identity hasn’t been disclosed, pointed a gun toward four people who were seated in their car near the intersection of Figueroa Street and 111th Street.

Police clarified in the release that the suspect was alone and walked toward the occupied vehicle around 9:50 p.m., holding a firearm. He then proceeded to point the firearm at the group of individuals.

The department also shared several pictures of the incident on Twitter, which were captured on a surveillance camera, depicting the suspect wearing a black hat and shirt and pointing his gun toward the front of a dark vehicle.

An LAPD patrol unit that was traveling eastbound at the time of the incident saw the man pointing his firearm and stopped to provide aid to the victims by giving the suspect directions to lower his firearm, which he reportedly failed to comply with.

“At that time there was an officer-involved shooting. The suspect was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene,” according to the LAPD release. “A firearm was also recovered and collected as evidence by detectives.”

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A man is seen pointing his firearm towards an occupied vehicle on Oct. 14, 2020, near the intersection of Figueroa Street and 111th Street in Los Angeles, California. (LAPD HQ)

None of the victims or any of the officers were injured in the shooting, police said. Though one officer was injured and multiple people were arrested after a group of people started a protest at the scene of the officer-involved shooting hours later around 2:30 a.m.

Clashes between officers and protesters were prompted after a female protester crossed the crime tape and entered the restricted area. Once officers tried to arrest the woman who was breaking homicide investigation rules, more protesters crossed the crime scene tape in an attempt to prevent the woman from being taken into custody.

“A struggle ensued between the individuals and the officers. Ultimately, seven people were arrested for willfully resisting and obstructing a police investigation,” according to the release. “The seven individuals were not from the immediate area. One officer sustained an injury to their hand which required medical treatment.”

LAPD officials described the seven arrested people as four females and three males.

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Los Angeles Police Department crime investigators collect evidence at the scene of a shooting, in a file photo. (David Crane/File/The Orange County Register via AP)

In a separate shooting incident later that night, a sheriff’s deputy was involved in a fatal shooting around 4 a.m. at 108th Street and Vermont Avenue, The Associated Press reported.

Homicide detectives were investigating the shooting that involved one male but did not give additional details around what prompted the shooting, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department, obtained by the outlet.

According to local news, the man was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, and the shooting happened after a brief vehicle pursuit, KNBC-TV reported.

Besides two deadly shooting incidents, a woman was shot in San Fernando Valley, located north of the larger, more populous Los Angeles Basin, around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday when officers responded to a report of a trespasser at a hotel and encountered the female suspect with a handgun.

“The woman was struck by gunfire and suffered a non life threatening gunshot wound,” LAPD said on Twitter. “She was transported to a local hospital where she is in stable condition. No officers were injured. A handgun was recovered at the scene.”