BY LUCY GUANUNA
EL SERENO — The investigation of the police shooting of an 18-year-old after he allegedly pulled out a gun during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon continues, said police.
Hollenbeck Division officers “initiated a consensual encounter with a known local gang member,” 18-year-old Pedro Echevarria, at about 3 p.m. on the 4400 block of Turquoise Street, according to a statement prepared from information based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation released by the LAPD.
The officers observed a bulge underneath Echevarria’s clothing that they believed to be a handgun, and an altercation began after Echevarria did not comply with the officers’ commands. According to the statement, Echevarria then pulled out a gun which resulted in him being shot by police.
Echeveria was shot in the head and taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery and remained in the intensive care unit. The family and friends of Echeverria described him as a reformed gang member who was planning to attend Pasadena City College, NBC4 reported. A recent social media post said Echeverria was now in stable condition.
No officers were injured during this incident. Police said a loaded semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene and the Force Investigation Division is looking into another gun arrest Echevarria had a few weeks prior to this incident.
LAPD’s Force Investigation Division has interviewed witnesses and collected forensic evidence at the scene and will collect all available body camera and dashcam footage.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
- During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
- During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7(877-527-3247);
- Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
- Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips”
The investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine if the use of deadly force was within LAPD’s policies and procedures. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will also review evidence to determine whether any criminal laws were violated by police.
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Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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