The LAPD the morning identified the officers involved in last month’s fatal shooting of a man who confronted police with an assault rifle in the southern edge of Echo Park. Officer John Hendrix, an eight-year veteran of the department, and Officer Shawn Graber, who has been with the LAPD for more than three years, were involved in the Sept. 28 shooting of 25-year-old Jack Schlesinger, who emerged from his vehicle bearing an assault rifle after being stopped by officers near Temple Street and Union Avenue, according to a department update on the shooting issued this morning. Early police accounts of the incident carried by The Eastsider said that officers had opened fire after Schlesinger had started shooting. But there is no mention that Schlesinger had fired his weapon in today’s account of the shooting. Police found a loaded assault rifle and a loaded revolver at the scene of the shooting.
Police ordered Schlesinger to get out of the vehicle after determining that the silver Honda Accord he was driving had been stolen at gunpoint two days earlier in North Hollywood. Here, according to the LAPD, is what happened next:
“The officers followed the car, as they requested a back-up and support from an air unit. The suspect, Jack Schlesinger, 25-years of age from Los Angeles, proceeded to drive northbound on Union Avenue to Montezuma Place where he turned eastbound. Before additional police units were able to arrive, the Schlesinger stopped the car in a common parking area for several duplexes in the 1600 block of Temple Street. The officers stopped their car behind him and ordered him to come out of the car with his hands up and to lie on the ground. Schlesinger ignored the commands and got out of the car holding an assault rifle. At that point an officer involved shooting (OIS) occurred, in which Schlesinger was struck by the officers’ gunfire. Schlesinger was pronounced dead at scene by LAFD Paramedics. The officers were not injured.”
Schlesinger, who had been convicted several times for possessing a weapon in state prison, was out on parole at the time of the shooting.