LAPD Video Shows Female Officer Getting Shot at Point-Blank Range

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
September 11, 2018US News

The Los Angeles Police Department released video footage of an officer-involved shooting after a traffic stop.

The suspect shot a female police officer during the North Hills traffic stop on July 27, KABC reported. The officer in the video can be seen asking the suspect to get out of the vehicle.

“You don’t have anything on you, right?” the officer asked the man. He then exits the vehicle and opens fire.

He shot the female officer, after which her partner rushed to her aid, shooting and killing the suspect, 32-year-old Richard Mendoza. KABC reported that Mendoza had ties to a gang as well as prior convictions.

The female officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to Dignity Health in Northridge, according to the KABC report. She isn’t expected to return to duty in several months.

In the video, the other officer tells her:”You’re gonna be okay … I got you, I got you.”

The male officer then radios for help: “Officers needs help, shots fired. Officer needs help; shots fired. Noble, south of Plummer.”

LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 10 that it’s a miracle that the officers escaped greater harm. “By the grace of God she is alive,” Moore said. “Officers are fearful in these situations and the public here gets to see why.”

“Once a person has you in that position, it is very tough,” he said. “You cannot stop that first one or two shots.”

Moore said that the female officer worked in the LAPD’s gang unit and recognized Mendoza.

He told the LA Times that the gunshot had shattered the female officer’s femur in her leg. “I spoke with her, she is OK,” he said.

The LAPD didn’t release any more details about the incident.

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