ECHO PARK — The LAPD has released more details of last month’s officer-involved shooting that left a 25-year-old man wounded following a fight outside an Echo Park bar. Most of the information has previously been reported but the brief LAPD summary identified the officer — Hector Cortez of the Northeast Division gang unit– who fired his weapon and mentions that two firearms were recovered, one near the Short Stop bar and the other at near the United Oil gas station. Here, according to the LAPD, is what happened:
“On October 23. 2016 around 12:55 a.m. Northeast Area Gang Enforcement Detail Police Officer III Hector Cortez, Serial No. 39540 and his partner were in the area of Sutherland Street and Sunset Boulevard when they observed a large group of males involved in an altercation. The officers stopped to investigate and, upon exiting their police vehicle, observed a male Hispanic, later identified as Andres Ramirez, holding a revolver.Fearing Ramirez was going to shoot someone in the group, Officer Cortez fired his handgun once at Ramirez. The round however missed Ramirez and he ran from the officers to a nearby gas station. Officer Cortez pursued Ramirez and as Ramirez ran around a gas pump he looked in the direction of Officer Cortez; at which time Officer Cortez fired twice at Ramirez. Ramirez was struck and fell to the ground.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and Ramirez was transported to a local hospital. Ramirez was listed in stable condition.
No officers were injured. A revolver was recovered in the area where Ramirez was taken into custody. A second firearm was recovered near the scene of the altercation.
Investigators have interviewed several witnesses, one of which was an off-duty LAPD officer.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and one count of Felon in Possession of a Gun with a gang enhancement.”
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