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Glassell Park officer-involved shooting under investigation; LAPD releases additional details

GLASSELL PARK — Police today released more details today of last Sunday’s shooting involving an off-duty officer attending a party.

The early information provided by police said the officer had opened fire in response to a drive-by shooting. But the most recent update says the shooters were on foot. Here’s the most recent rundown of events provided by the LAPD:

“On May 29, 2017, around 1:50 a.m., an off duty Los Angeles Police Department police officer was leaving a party in the area of Gassen Place and Avenue 33 in Northeast Area. The officer was standing near the roadway when he saw three to four male Hispanics armed with handguns in the intersection. They walked in the direction of several individuals who had left the party and were standing on the corner and began shooting at them. At that time, there was an officer involved shooting.

A male who was standing in the group was shot in the leg and transported to a local hospital. The officer was not injured. The suspects fled the scene. There was no evidence located which indicated the suspects had been shot. There was evidence at scene which investigators believe indicates the suspects were armed with two different handguns, although the handguns themselves were not found at the scene.”

Police did not release the name of the officer.

The results of the department’s ongoing investigation will eventually be reviewed by the Chief of Police and police commissioners to find out if the officer complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures regarding the deadly use of force. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will also look into whether any criminal laws were violated.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the LAPD by calling (213) 486-523 or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Information can be provided anonymously 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).

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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