LAPD releases details of officer-involved shooting in Highland Park


HIGHLAND PARK — The L.A. Police Department has provided more information about an officer-involved shooting that took place Aug. 9 during a traffic stop in the 5400 block of Nordyke Street on the border of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.  A man was injured after he was hit by police gunfire after he allegedly armed himself with a handgun and moved toward an officer.  Here’s an LAPD account of what happened:

“On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, around 1:00 a.m., Northeast Patrol Division Police Officer Enrique Meraz, Serial No. 41215 and his partner were in the area of the 5400 block of Nordyke Street. They saw a black Honda Accord commit several traffic violations and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and during the course of the investigation the officers discovered a female passenger had an arrest warrant for a narcotics violation. The female was handcuffed and placed in the rear of the police vehicle. The officers approached the vehicle where the driver, 34-year-old Joseph Hatami, was still seated in the driver’s seat. Officer Meraz was on the passenger side and his partner on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Looking through the open passenger door, Officer Meraz saw Hatami looking in the direction of his partner, arm himself with a handgun and begin to step out of the vehicle toward his partner. Fearing for his partner’s life, Officer Meraz fired twice at Hatami, striking him once.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported Hatami to a local hospital. Hatami was treated for a gunshot wound to his buttocks.”

The suspect has been charged with one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation, when completed, will be turned over to the police chief Police Commissioners to determine whether  the officers followed  LAPD policies and procedures. Anyone with additional information regarding this shooting is asked to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers at (213) 486-5230. Information can be supplied anonymously by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.

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  1. chasehipstersout

    its getting HOT in the HLP

  2. I’m with her needs to get her story straight. You and your family must live on coffee and donuts and as for the dirty looks, thats your job. As for well read middle class, No your more like a Royal Pain in the A$$.

    • Goodness! I’m not sure what the insult about living on coffee and donuts is supposed to mean. But what a zinger that was, rhyming class with ass!

  3. Glassel park resident

    Racist white folks

    • Where? All is see is “Brown Pride Worldwide!”. White folks could not get away with saying half the stuff non white hispanics do. SMH!

  4. Can’t we all just get along? Please stop with your childish bickering…

  5. It is so easy to call someone a racist. But just as with any word miss-and-overused, it looses it’s power.

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