Police shoot man in Echo Park

The LAPD is investigating a Tuesday afternoon shooting in the southern edge of Echo Park that left a 20-year-old man in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.  Officers opened fire on a man who they said pointed a rifle at them during the incident near Temple Street and Union Avenue at 2:10 p.m., said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division.

“Officers received several radio calls of a described suspect firing a rifle, either into the air or at a person or object,” Buhrmester said via email this morning. “As officers responded, they began an area search, and two officer encountered the 20-year-old male. After contacting him, he pointed the rifle at the officers, and an OIS [Officer Involved Shooting] occurred.  The suspect was hit once in the head, and felled.”

No other persons were injured during the confrontation. Police are still trying to find out why the man was carrying a rifle.

The area around Temple and Union has seen several violent incidents in recent months, including an earlier  officer-involved shooting that left one man dead in early September and a 16-year-old who was shot and killed in late August during what police believe was a gang-related killing.


  1. What? No uproar that the officers should have shot the rifle out of his hand or some other stupid comment?

    I’m amazed. Maybe Angeleno’s are realizing how those officers are constantly putting their lives in danger to protect strangers by just showing up to work everyday.

  2. A pete

  3. FO, both you guys.

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