Los Angeles police were trying to find a motive Sunday for the aggressive actions of a body armor-wearing suspect who rammed his vehicle backwards into a patrol car in Hollywood and was then shot and killed by officers.
The Saturday killing was the department’s second shooting in two days.
The deadly encounter occurred at 2:37 p.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, said Officer Rosario Cervantes of the LAPD Media Relations Section.
Officers were en route to a radio call with their lights and sirens on when a car pulled in front of them, stopped suddenly and backed into the patrol car, police officials said.
The driver of the car got out and officers saw he was waring body armor as he moved toward the officers. Those officers had gotten out of their own car, according to police.
The suspect had his right hand hidden behind his back, counted backwards from three and was moving his arm forward when officers fired at him, officials said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Despite the threatening appearance and actions of the suspect, KCAL9 reported that the man was not armed.
Sunset Boulevard was shut down in the area while Force Investigation Division detectives conducted interviews and collected evidence.
In the other shooting early Friday, officers investigating a call about a man armed with a knife shot and wounded the suspect.
The shooting was reported around 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 5200 block of Whitsett Avenue, near Magnolia Boulevard just west of Valley Village and North Hollywood, police said
“Officers responded to a call of a man armed (with) a knife,” police said in a statement.
“When they encountered the man, they used less lethal munitions which were not effective (and) an OIS (officer-involved shooting) occurred. The man was struck by gunfire (and) taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.”
No other injuries were reported, police said. A knife was recovered at the scene.
Officers found the suspect on a sidewalk after he apparently fell from a balcony, still holding a knife, Fox11 reported.
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