Burbank Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Burbank Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

An officer-involved shooting in Burbank Thursday left a man in custody on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, and a woman who told police he had kidnapped her in custody on prostitution warrants, authorities said.

The shooting occurred shortly after 4 a.m. near Victory Boulevard and Pass Avenue, said Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

Arthur Papiyan, 21, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, and he was held on $50,000 bail, Losacco said. He was expected to appear in court in Burbank on Monday.

The name of the 36-year-old woman who was arrested was not immediately released. No officers were injured.

Police went to the area of Victory Boulevard and Buena Vista Street “regarding a female who said she had been kidnapped,” Losacco said. The woman had called police from a store, Losacco said.

“She gave a very specific description of the suspect vehicle,” Losacco said. “A short time later a pickup truck matching the suspect vehicle description was seen traveling west on Victory Boulevard by our officers.”

Officers tried to stop the truck, but it sped off and the driver went through some red lights before stopping at Victory Boulevard and Pass Avenue, Losacco said.

“The two officers in the pursuing police car initiated a ‘high risk felony stop,’ during which they would call the suspect back to them,” Losacco said. “The suspect placed his truck into reverse, backed up and subsequently struck the police car, which precipitated an officer-involved shooting.

“Papiyan was apparently struck in his back by one round, which had gone through the driver seat,” Losacco said. “This round lost enough momentum that it did not penetrate Papiyan’s skin, but rather caused a significant bruise.”

Papiyan was treated at a hospital before being booked, Losacco said.

The woman told police that she was at a house party in South Los Angeles and walked from the location, Losacco said.

“A male drove up next to her and offered her a ride, which she accepted,” Losacco said. “They got on the freeway, but the driver did not get off at the correct exit. The man then placed a rag over her face and the next thing she recalls is being out of the truck, near railroad tracks.”

The woman walked to a store and called police.

“Thus far, detectives have been unable to verify the victim’s account and Papiyan is not being booked for kidnapping at this time,” Losacco said. “The female victim is being uncooperative with investigators and was arrested for two outstanding misdemeanor prostitution warrants.”

— City News Service 

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