Police apprehend suspected gang members after Thursday night shooting & chase

Three suspected gang members were arrested and two handguns recovered last night following a shooting and police pursuit along the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park. The incident began with at about 10:45 P.M. with a  gang-related shooting in the 400 block of Coronado Street south of the 101 Freeway and ended on the north side of the freeway near Rampart Boulevard and Kent Street, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester of the Rampart Division.  A police helicopter hovered over the area during a 90-minute long search for one of the suspects.  No one was injured in the shooting and the three suspected gang members – two males and a female  – were in custody.  Buhrmester said that last night’s incident might have been connected to a shooting early Thursday morning near Rampart Boulevard and Fourth Street. Click on the link below to read Buhrmester’s account of last night’s crime.

Last night, September 9, 2010, at 10:45 p.m., two officers from the Operations-Central Bureau task force were on patrol in the area of Coronado St. and Plata St. when they heard several gunshots nearby.  As they neared the intersection, they saw two males run to a green Toyota Camry and quickly drive away.  The officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, however it made some quick turns and momentarily eluded them.  At Kent St. & Rampart Blvd., the Camry collided with a parked car, and two males, Herbert Rivera, 26, and Byron Orozco, 24, both of Los Angeles, and one female, Kerly Rivera, 23, Los Angeles, ran from it.  The original officers and additional officers from Operations-Central Bureau and Rampart set up a containment.

Herbert Rivera and Orozco were apprehended without incident in the 600 block of Coronado St., hiding behind parked cars in a lot.  They are documented gang members, and were recognized by Rampart gang officers.  With this knowledge, they identified Kerly Rivera, also a gang member, and arrested her at her residence.  The containment took close to 90 minutes, with the helicopter overhead during this time.

A loaded handgun was recovered from the floorboard of the car, and a second handgun, believed to have been thrown from the car, was recovered nearby.  The incident started when the occupants of the Camry shot at a person standing in front of a house in the 400 block of Coronado St.  All three were booked at Metropolitan Jail Section for assault with a deadly weapon, with enhancements for using a semi-automatic firearm.


  1. Good to know. I was wondering why I kept hearing that helicopter hovering so low last night..

  2. Woop Woop…That’s the sound of the police! SO glad to have such outstanding police serving our community…Go get um’ patrol!

  3. Glad to read about this. Sincere congrats to the police on what sounds like a job well-done. The next question is: what kind of punishment do these guys get? Are they in jail for a long time for shooting at someone with illegal guns?

  4. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Patrol Division

    Jonathan, I’ll keep the you and readers posted on the progress of the court proceedings.

    (213) 484-3400

  5. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Patrol Division

    The District Attorney’s Office filed one count of attempt murder each on Orozco and Herbert Rivera, based upon the number of shots fired (over a dozen). Kerly Rivera was released pending further investigation.

    (213) 484-3400

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