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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Man shot dead in Echo Park during shoot out with police *

Officers shot and killed a man in the southern edge of Echo Park this afternoon after he opened fire on them with an AK-47 assault rifle, police said.  No officers were injured during the shoot out, which took place at about 4:30 P.M. near Temple Street and Union Avenue, said LAPD spokeswoman April Harding.  Police were pursing the  vehicle after a check on the license plate determined that the occupants were armed and dangerous.  After being cornered by police, the suspect got out of his car and started firing the rifle at officers, Harding said. She had no other details about the incident.

Update @ 6:39 P.M.: The vehicle had been car jacked the day before in Los Angeles, said Sgt. Mitzi Grasso at the scene of the shooting. The shooting took place in an alleyway called Montezuma Place behind the Tribal Cafe. One resident said he heard about a dozen, rapid-fire shots followed by three, large blasts.  Grasso said investigators were still trying to determine what happened, including if the suspect had opened fire.

Temple Street between Burlington on the west and Glendale Boulevard on the east has been blocked off.

Related posts:
LAPD officers shoot, kill armed man in Echo Park. L.A. Now
Police shoot and kill car jacking suspect in Echo Park. CBS2

34 comments

  1. That’s terrible.

    Watch out. Someone tried to jack my car at Glendale and Montana last night after midnight. Thankfully the car had only left there because the battery was dead and Autozone was closed. And so the fools only got a hundred feet or so before abandoning it. Though the entire ignition needs to be rebuilt. Jerks.

  2. Good for you LAPD… One more down, many to go. I’m sure we will hear he was a Saint from his friends and family…

  3. He was a vary good friend of ours, yeah he had some problems, but this is what happens when our shity state does nothing to help these guys and trust they didn’t nothing to help him know one needs to die we will miss him deeply, R.I.P

  4. Yeah because that’s certainly what we always hear.

  5. That’s dumb “ck”
    and when one of you yuppies gets hit by a car on one of your funky looking bikes everyone always says there inocent too right.but in reality there drunk or high riding like jackasses

  6. I am waiting for his friends and family to come here and praise how good this person was. Anyone? No one? thought so! Car jacking, and assault weapons, does not qualify you to be a patron saint of anything these days. Id really like to know what gang he was in/from.

  7. @Angelo lmao!

    @Cheesburger why does the dude gotta be a gang member?

  8. I guess yesterday was not a good day.

  9. HE had some problems?! Not only does that statement completely ignore any other people this cretin turned into victims, it is a ridiculous understatement! (LMFAO, yet crying at the same time)…MICHELLE–WHAT EXACTLY is the state supposed to do for these guys? You want The State to hold your hand as you walk through life, making sure that any hard times are softened by what? Money? Housing? Youth/Gang Intervention? Health
    Care? Job Training? Hmm…What exactly do you want from The State? Love?! Instead of placing responsibility where it belongs, on the shitty person, you’re blaming the shitty state! Sure, the state is shitty too, but suck it up and deal. The earth feels a little lighter today!

  10. blame it on the heat…makes people go berserk…

  11. Worth tipping our caps to the LAPD officers who had to deal with this guy. Can’t even imagine the type of courage that took. So glad no one (besides the shooter) was hurt.

  12. i live around the corner, it was crazy!!

  13. right on, moses! no sympathy for guys riding in stolen cars with AK-47s. none.

  14. People tend to LOVE to be in the role of the victim. It is the easiest role to rest in. It’s true Eve. People do need to take responsibility for their actions. For some reason, many lose sight of that and make constant excuses for their actions. There are consequences to actions. Shoot at a police officer, you might get shot. I don’t think that this action/consequence should be a mystery to anyone.

  15. Sounds to me like the guy got what he wanted. You can’t be serious to think, given the account of the events, this guy had anything but a death wish.

  16. Did you really just equate a “yuppie” on a bike with a guy in a stolen car who turned his assault rifle on the cops?

    You’re an idiot.

  17. Hey Michelle sorry your friend died in this manner but when you steal a car and then pull over and fire an AK-47 at the cops who are shadowing you, you have no one to blame but yourself if you get killed by those cops. Gangs have caused enough bloodshed in this city (innocent children getting killed, people getting killed for no reason at all beyond the color of their skin or even less reason than that) and I think it’s pretty important that people start to call these clowns out for what they are: people who don’t feel like they’re men unless they have a gun to back up their words, people who are overgrown children playing “us vs them” games with live weaponry, people who think they’re supermen because they hold minor and temporary sway over a small, tiny section of one of the geographically largest cities in the world, and people who have been apparently raised by and surrounded with others who never showed them how to actually live like adults. It’s just too bad that these types of “men” (who probably are so messed up that they don’t feel like they can hold their own without the threat of physical violence as their ally) have to bring others into their circle of bullshit.

  18. second on that Chris. thank you LAPD.

  19. I don’t think Michelle’s post is real. I don’t buy it.

    I’m a bleeding heart but this guy was shooting an AK 47!!!! He car-jacked a vehicle, meaning, he didn’t just steal it, he probably used that AK 47 to threaten death on somebody to get that car. He was not just some guy “with some problems” or a knuckle-headed gang-member, he was a ready to murder. Even my ACLU card-carrying self thinks the LAPD used justifiable force — assuming this idiot really did fire the rifle.

    (By the way, I think the jury is still out on whether LAPD used justifiable force on the drunk in Westlake who did not even speak English or Spanish and carried a 1.5 inch knife.)

  20. I’m not saying what he did was okay in anyway, if you do the crime then you have to do the time not die, NO one need to die yesterday, its just sad how someone with so much to live for would give up on himself like that, maybe he thought to himself yesterday I cant take this life maybe God can take me, NO one should die this way and I mean NO one police officers as well, but reading the comments on the situation its hurtful to us because we knew him, if it was someone that you knew you would feel this same way regardless of the crime, when its a family member, friends, loved one we look pass the crime and look at the inner person its human nature its in all of us to feel this way, we should not pass judgment on anyone not even our self no one is perfect if we were this would be a perfect world…

  21. “Michelle”-
    He opened fire with an AK-47 during the middle of the afternoon at an intersection busy with both foot and car traffic.
    We’re lucky no one else was killed, and demanding sympathy for a homicidal maniac is a bit much.
    I suggest you stop reading.

  22. Michelle – I’m sorry for your loss. (I’m also sorry I doubted the veracity of your post.) It was a terrible thing that happened yesterday and all of us wish it had not happened. But, sadly, it could very well have been one of our precious loved one who could have been killed yesterday — through no fault of their own — merely because of the emotionally chaos belonging to, or created by, somebody else; merely because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. In that event, there would have been a lot of judgment of your friend and it would have been harsh and merciless. It is hard not to think about your loss without thinking of the other options. There were no other acceptable options yesterday.

  23. This is for those that are judging and pointing the finger in a cowardly way behind a computer its easy to judge and point a finger but its not easy to stretch out an arm an help someone in trouble I could tell you guys dont go to church god said anyone free of all sin should throw the first rock are one of you free of all sin exactly its sounds like a bunch of murderers celebrating their kill I agree with Michelle the state could do better last year Arnold Schwarzenegger our governor spend $2 million tax dollars on buying new furniture for his office when that money could have went to schools,hospitals,intervention prevention programs to prevent these acts or even better what you people like securing our borders I dont think you guys understood what Michelle was trying to imply to us and for the record where does it say that its a gang related crime? so we could blame the gangsters for this crime.

  24. Old School – your post just goes to prove how easy it is to judge others. From behind your own computer, you can really tell that no one that has posted goes to church or stretches “out an arm” to help someone else?

  25. I love me some LAPD! Do work!!!

  26. I’ve never have been and never will be too crazy about police but cowards like this who taunt women with kids an weild ak47s. From the people at the scene I heard this creep was from the big top locos gang. Its hard to tell who tells the complete truth now adays the cops, hoodlums, civilians, etc. The dude at his age surely knew if he wielded that gun at officers he was gonna be shot down. So maybe he was suicidal?

  27. ok..no joke..i was one of his victims about 6weeks ago in toluca lake on a wednesday morning..he came up to me and showed me a gun and said he was taking my car…lapd found my car 2days later..everything stolen out of it..but the car was ok..so..then lapd called last week asked me to comedown to look at pictures…and everything else is now an open book…so chapter closed…thanks jack..just sorry you choose the path you did…

  28. It’s no laughing matter when someone you personally know is murdered or hurt in some senseless act of violence. Michelle condolences on your loss. I’ve allway’s felt anyone who pulls a gun on a cop has a death wish. Suicidal tendencies?? Suicide by Cop.???? Our community is rapidily changing, some like it some don’t, some have lived here 40 plus years others just 4 days. This is our home community, and instead of blasting and talking smack we really should be getting to know each other better. You never know when you might need someone to pick you up off the street.

  29. is this guys family giving him a funeral??

  30. actually, this is all false, the boy was suicidal that day, he stepped out of the vehicle with a gun, did not point or fire and two police officers shot him 6 times, once in the face.

    gang, police, they are both all too trigger happy. all too comfortable watching people lose their lives. they have huge funerals and everyone cries, because we are only human beings after all and death is grotesque; but how can we point fingers and judge when there are lies and deceit on both ends of the table. it disgusting and a shame that anyone would read an article without further insight into its claims and make an uneducated opinion about someones life.

  31. LAPD cops have caused enough bloodshed in this city (innocent children getting killed, people getting killed for no reason at all beyond the color of their skin or even less reason than that) and I think it’s pretty important that people start to call these clowns out for what they are: people who don’t feel like they’re men unless they have a gun to back up their words, people who are overgrown children playing “us vs them” games with live weaponry, people who think they’re supermen because they hold minor and temporary sway over a small, tiny section of one of the geographically largest cities in the world, and people who have been apparently raised by and surrounded with others who never showed them how to actually live like adults. It’s just too bad that these types of “men” (who probably are so messed up that they don’t feel like they can hold their own without the threat of physical violence as their ally) have to bring others into their circle of bullshit.

  32. I’ve never posted a comment online before but seeing as the shooter was my cousin I feel like I’m one of the only people here who actually has any idea what happened that day. He was suicidal. He told a family member (whose also in jail) that he was going to kill himself a few days before this. After decades of drug use, mental illness and a violent life style, he couldn’t bear to keep living. I wish we had been able to help him, but when he took his first shot of crystal meth at age 12, he was gone. He’s a prime example of those people that just slip through the cracks; nobody wants to bother helping them, so they write them off as thugs, druggies, people not worth helping.
    CheeseBurger: yeah, he was a gang member, yeah he wasn’t a saint. Does that mean he deserved to die? Does the fact that a once-sweet boy got corrupted by the gangs of LA mean he’s no longer a human being who deserves no empathy?
    Eve: really? He wasn’t a cretin. He was a person, with a life and a family who miss him very much. He’s responsible for his actions, yes, but he wouldn’t have felt that death was the only choice for him if someone somewhere would have given him some sign that he could be saved. A ex-con doesn’t have many choices in life. Add on the fact he’s a gang-banging meth head, and he really can’t do anything but stick with his gang. If the prisons in America actually did their supposed jobs of rehabilitating criminals, and not just containing them in a hostel, isolated environment for however many years, he might have been saved.
    Jimbob: that “clown” joined a gang in the first place because if he didn’t, they would have hurt him. It was a cowardly choice, but for a 14-year-old boy with divorced parents and a younger brother to look out for, he didn’t have many other options. Not all gang members are twisted psychopaths who like to hurt people. For many, it’s a way to stay alive; to keep themselves from being the victims. It sucks that some people need to resort to hurting others to avoid being hurt themselves. That says a lot about our country, as well as the human race as a whole.
    Dwiff: ease off. Imagine one of your friends just died, and a bunch of strangers are insulting his memory on the web. She’s as entitled to post here as you are.
    MP: of course he’s getting a funeral. Doesn’t he deserve one? He can finally have some peace.
    Sampie: thank you for acknowleding that people shoudn’t run their mouths off about things they don’t understand.
    James: … did you just copy Jimbob’s post and change “gangs” to “LAPD”? anyway, the LAPD, and gangs as well, isn’t one single entity. It’s made up of individual men and women who joined each for their own reason and with their own desire for being a cop. Not every cop is a power-tripping coward hiding behind a gun (unfortunately, there are many people in law enforcement and other positions of power who are interested in abusing their power and controlling others. One of many sad but true statements that can be said about our society). Statements like that which write of an entire group are called stereotypes, and while stereotypes usually start with some basis of truth, they’re often exaggerated and incorrect, especially when applied to every person who happens to fit into the chosen category. Not all cops are crooks, and not even all gang members.
    Michelle: you’re right, we shouldn’t pass judgement on others, especially when we don’t know the whole story. I’m sorry for your loss; I miss him, too.

    The LAPD did their jobs, and they did them well, I’m not denying They stopped what they saw as a violent, assualt-rifle-toting carjacker who supposedly opened fire, keeping him from hurting someone. I wish they hadn’t needed to, but they did what they were trained to do, and nobody can begrudge them that.
    However I sincerely doubt anyone else would have been hurt. His sole interest that day was to die. I, and everyone else who cared about this man, would grately appreciate if people who didn’t know him would stop insulting him. But if you feel you should, that’s your right. I just want Jack to finally have some peace.

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