A Los Angeles Police Department officer was justified in fatally shooting a domestic violence suspect who was wielding a folding knife in Hollywood nearly eight years ago, according to a document released Thursday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The District Attorney’s Office determined that Officer Adan Urena “acted lawfully in self-defense” when he shot Carlos Carrillo on Dec. 6, 2012.
Officers — who were responding to a 911 call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend had threatened her and cut her with a knife at an apartment building on Whitley Avenue — ordered the 26-year-old man to drop a knife he was holding in his right hand, according to the seven-page memorandum on the shooting.
“Multiple officers gave Carrillo repeated commands to drop his knife. Carrillo ignored the commands and advanced toward Urena, who was standing 15 to 20 feet away from him,” according to the memorandum. “Reasonably in fear for his life, Urena fired his weapon at Carrillo once Carrillo closed the distance to approximately eight to 15 feet from Urena. Under these circumstances, Urena’s use of deadly force was reasonable.”
Carrillo was pronounced dead at the scene, and subsequent toxicological testing indicated that he had methamphetamine, amphetamine, codeine, morphine and five other substances in his blood at the time of his death, prosecutors noted.
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