ECHO PARK — A 25-year-old man who was shot by police this weekend following a fight near the Short Stop bar has been charged with assault after allegedly pulling out a weapon during the confrontation. In a related development, the LAPD revealed that an off-duty officer was involved in the fight, said the L.A. Times.
Andres Ramirez was charged with one count each of assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon with two priors, said the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Ramirez, if convicted, faces up to 25 years in state prison. The criminal complaint alleges Ramirez was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2011 and
having alcohol in a prison or jail earlier this year.
Ramirez along with about nine persons approached three men outside the bar at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, according to the District Attorney and previous police reports.
“The group claimed gang territory and a fight ensued,” said the D.A. in a press release. “During the altercation, Ramirez is accused of pulling out a gun.”
Los Angeles police officers were passing by said they saw Ramirez allegedly pointing the gun at one of the men. Ramirez was shot by police after a brief foot chase.
During a presentation on Tuesday before the police commission, LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore said that one of the men involved in the initial fight was an off-duty LAPD officer, the L.A. Times reported. Moore said the ongoing investigation would including looking into the off-duty officer’s involvement in the incident.
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