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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Echo Park man shot by police dies

David “Dizzy” Martinez, the Echo Park man who was shot by police in March while going out for tacos , died this morning after suffering a seizure.  The 47-year-old Echo Park resident, who had been released from the hospital about three weeks ago after being treated for his injuries,  had returned to  L.A. County-USC Medical Center for an appointment when his heart stopped, said his wife, Gina Benavides.

Benavides was called by the doctors to the hospital, where she found her husband with tubes in his mouth. “They could not revive him,” she said.

“He was doing fine. We were cleaning and watching movies last night,” said Benavides in a telephone interview early this afternoon. Martinez told his wife  that he would return from his medical appointment at about 2 p.m. “He never came home,” she said.

Police are conducting an internal investigation of the officer-involved shooting that took place shortly after midnight on March 19 at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue. Police opened fire on Martinez after he pointed what appeared to be a gun at officers responding to a report of an armed gang member. But a search immediately after the shooting failed to find the gun that Martinez had allegedly held in his hand.

Martinez was shot only a few hours after being released from jail on an open container violation, said his wife.  Martinez was shot while standing at the corner while his wife and his sister were ordering tacos from the taco truck at Logan Street near Sunset Boulevard.

Benavides said a car wash fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at El Centro Del Pueblo, 1157 Lemoyne Street. The proceeds will be used to cover funeral expenses, she said.

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  • Echo Park man shot by police dies. Patch

Family and friends showed their support for Martinez by creating a cardboard get well card  a few days after he was shot.



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42 comments

  1. Dizzy Dave ECHO PARK, RIP!

  2. Regardless of who anybody is, what they’ve done or been accused of, death is always awful. He still had a family who loved him and cared for despite his shortcomings. Please be respectful and don’t leave “good riddance” or similar comments here. This is a free country so people are gonna do/say whatever the hell they want, but just try to keep in mind that this is somebody’s son, friend, and husband. And some of his family members do read this site and the comment section. Don’t start a flame war just this once.

    • I saw David & his wife Gina every day for the past 10 years living here in Echo Park.. He was a VERY sweet guy.. very tough looking, but always returned kind regards & I am Joe Whitey chick.. He stayed close to home .. I got to see David when he was finally released from the hospital & those police officers shot him in the head, hands & legs… They messed him up ! He was in a wheelchair.. he said that he promissed his wife that he would quit drinking, his best friend from childhood was with him.. His family deserves major restitution .. & those officers need to be fired.. How could you mistake David for anyone else ? Anyone from Echo Park could spot him from a mile away.

  3. those officers can and may be charged with murder if his death was caused by or aggravated by the gunshot wounds he was recovering from…

    • Sad situation. However, wouldn’t it have already been attempted murder if that were the case?

      RIP Dizzy.

    • Peace officers, acting within their duty, are immune to charges such as attempted murder or murder if they reasonably believed that someone may shoot at them.

      • This shooting does not meet the bar for probable cause or reasonable suspicion distinguishing it as an incident of excessive force and police brutality that resulted in a homicide. Of course, it’s not likely that the officers will be held accountable for their homicidal incompetence but you can be sure that it’s gonna cost the taxpayers a bundle. Is it any wonder that civilians run for their lives when the LAPD storms (not “responds”) to a potential crime scene? Dizzy’s mistake was stopping, turning around, and reaching for the sky to surrender. It probably wouldn’t have saved his life if he had conntinued running but bulletS in the back would’ve silenced callous apologists and ignoramuses seeking technical loopholes to protect these officers from being held accountable. Or at least highlighted the futility of being so conspicuously indifferent to the loss of innocent human life.

      • I heard that the police officers had blackmailed the guys who shot the video to say that they saw David shoot at them because they were caught with weed in their car..

  4. He is good in my book, now he can make his journey. David RIP!

  5. Ohhhhhhh noooo……

  6. Rest In Peace Homie

  7. From All your homies in Echo Park, you will be missed!!! RIP “Dizzy Dave”.

  8. Armida Gonzalez

    Rest in God’s heavenly peace David!!!! You shall always hold a place within my heart n you will be truly missed n to my sister Gina may God hold you close n comfort you with his loving care I love you!

  9. La Sadeyes Exp

    My prayers going out to David and his family. You where a kool homie. I am glad I saw you when I went to visit LA last year. May you rest in peace David. Your memory will live on homie.

  10. I saw him often around town and had many conversations over the last almost 3 years.

    He was always friendly, lively & curious.
    God bless & comfort his family & friends.

    May there be peace in Echo Park.
    He will be a face missed. Rest in Peace, Brother Martinez!

  11. DAVID & MIKE ( LOS CUATES)

    AWW MAN SORRY, REST IN PEACE MY TOCAIO. SAVE US A PLACE IN HEAVEN CARNAL, U WILL BE MISSED , MUCH LOVE FROM THE CUATES.
    CONDOLENCES, TO GINA AND KIDS. WE ARE HERE FOR U. AS WE WERE FOR HIM AND HE KNEW THAT.

  12. DAVID & MIKE ( LOS CUATES)

    AWW MAN SORRY!!! REST IN PEAE MY TOCAIO’ SAVE US A PLACE NEXT TO YOU UP IN HEAVEN. WE PRAY GOD’S MERCY ON U CARNAL. OUR CONDOLENCES TO GINA AND KIDS AND TODO EL MUNDO WHO WE ALL JUST LOST A FIRME HOMIE. WE ARE HERE FOR U, LIKE WE WERE FOR HIM. MUCH LOVE ALWAYS LOS CUATES FKN. DAVID & CRAZY MIKE. :(>

  13. I remember when I moved to Echo Park Avenue 15 years ago and David helped me clean up the DASH stop. He helped pull weeds and lay down wood chips to beautify the stop and make it a decent place for folks to sit and wait for a bus. David was always friendly and kind to me and I was just the new kid on the block. He and his wife would always be out with their little daughter. Everybody knew David with his pulled up white socks and wide smile. I do not know what else he did with his time or with his life and it is not my place to judge and so I wish him a peaceful repose.

  14. may you rest in peace.

  15. I miss you homie….may you rest in paradise….you were my best friend and family and to know ur gone it hurts, it was a shock for me…hard to believe this…always gonna miss you R.I.P DAVID DIZZY!!!!

  16. Your family & friends will miss David very much. He was doing so much better the last few weeks and now he’s gone! So sad! His Brother Rudy is taking this loss really hard! He needs our love! David ‘R.I.P.’ 🙁

  17. Sorry to hear this sad news but grateful to have run into you & your wife a few months back at the bus stop and see you happy

  18. see cops make mistakes too…however its more except-able…no gun found…another innocent person murdered by a gun. let me guess westlake. oh no RAMPART… trigger happy.

  19. I knew David from time to time, and there are enough people who posted on here that if we would all get together and request an investigation to justify Davids death, then mabe he wouldnt of died in vein and prevent another in the future from happening again…

    things like this keep on happening because we the people don’t put enough pressure to make sure the police don’t run around thinking they are above the law, they are not above the law, they are here to serve us the citizens and tax payers who pay there wages.

    How many more innocent people have to die like David for it to really be enough?

    RIP David

    • OR, Local…

      We could all get together and educate the people around us to not replicate the actions of Dizzy. Blame the police all you want. It will not change the facts that we all saw on the video.

      The police did what they are trained to do in that situation. You want it avoided? Tell your friends not to run from the police because it doesn’t end well.

      • righteous sense!

        No, you tell your friend to surrender! I can run all I want and you nor the police can do anything about it, but shoot and kill an unarmed man. You nor the police can resurrect one from the dead, only god can do that. At least he no longer has to be subjected to human persecution. There is no justification of this matter, keep your bias opinions to yourself fool.

        • Oh I’ll keep my biased opinions to myself as soon as you do.

          By the way, there is no “god” dummy.

          • What? I guess your energy just vanishes, but my energy goes somewhere. You are truly an idiot! Ignorant, and lacking knowledge.

          • Energy?! We were talking about how there is no god. Energy? What kind of BS is that?

          • Look Rob, here it goes! Energy that take up space, when you leave the earth where does that space go? I can’t break it down for an atheist, but I can say you do not have the wisdom of Solomon.

      • Running from the police is NOT a capital offense. Moreover, shooting is NOT the first resort of trained and competent police officerS attempting to apprehend or subdue a suspect that turned out to be an innocent civiliant. You think you’re immune to the injustice but I hope and pray that you also gain the hard-earned wisdom of longtime residents who are personally familiar with police brutality. You won’t be rationalizing murder or apologizing for incompetence then.

  20. According to an Eye Witness , a Taxi driver who was posted nearby waiting for a fare . He state’s that the police accosted David with their weapon’s drawn on him. David ran away then abruptly turned to F L I P the M I D D L E – F I N G E R at the Police Officer’s. as he did that, the Officer’s in Tandem weapon’s drawn Fired upon David that night.

    • Sounds like Dizzy should have cooperated and left the shenanigans at home. Cops don’t play.

      • Dizzy went out like a gangster, not a stool pigeon like you! When your day comes, your belief system really isn’t going to make a difference anyways. Cooperate all you want, suck up to the man. What difference does it make? We are all going into the dirt one day anyways, right?

        • I’d rather be an alive stool pigeon than a dead gangster.

          Now that is the wisdom of Salomon.

          • Stool Pigeon or Gangster, you are going to have to hit the dirt one day. Maybe, you even have to suffer a bit before it is over for you. Dave is done with this madness, you still have to endure it. He has you beat by a long shot! On top of you being an atheist, you seem like you have some character defects.

          • Yes. You would be the ideal person to assess my character. The Internet troll who struggles to make a succinct point…

          • Callous, pathetic, ignorant, and godless coward and liar. How’s that for a succinct evaluation of your character? . . . NEXT?

          • Oh perfect. NEXT?

    • Once again, “flipping the middle finger” is NOT a capital offense nor is drawing your gunS in response to this insult the first resort of trained and competent police officerS attempting to subdue or apprehend a suspect who turned out to be an UNarmed civilian. The self-imposed ignorance and imbecility of you LAPD apologists is truly mind-boggling and the ineherent fear you apparently have of your own neighbors is pathetic and contemptable.

  21. Walk a mile in a man’s shoes to really know what they go through.

  22. Were there witnesses or any police final statements?
    This story has seemingly gone under the radar.
    No celebrities to draw much attention to an obviously unfortunate death.

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