Police opened fire last week on David Martinez after the Echo Park resident pointed what appeared to be a gun at officers responding to a report of an armed gang member who had fired two shots. But a search immediately after the shooting failed to find the gun Martinez had allegedly held in his hand, according to an LAPD news release posted today on the department’s website. “No weapon was recovered at the scene, “ according to the release. Here’s a run down of what the LAPD said happened early Tuesday morning at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard:
When the officers arrived, they initiated contact with the suspect, David Martinez. Officers saw Martinez holding an object which they believed was a pistol. Martinez failed to comply with the officers’ commands to drop the pistol. As Martinez ran from the officers, he turned and raised his arm pointing what the officers believed to be a pistol at them at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Martinez to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. There were no injuries to the involved officers. No weapon was recovered at the scene.
It’s the most detailed report the LAPD has released on the shooting, with some early news accounts saying that the victim had fired a gun at officers. The incident continues to be investigated by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division.