Man slain by police identified
A heavily armed man who was shot and killed by Los Angeles police officers after a confrontation during a traffic stop in Echo Park was identified Wednesday as Jack Schlesinger, whom authorities described as a parolee with multiple weapons convictions.
Schlesinger had convictions dating to at least 2002, when he was sentenced to four years in state prison for shooting into an inhabited dwelling, authorities said.
He was convicted several additional times and was released from prison April 22, 2010, but failed to report to his parole officer.
LAPD detectives said that Schlesinger was suspected in a series of armed robberies in the San Fernando Valley and that the car he was riding in Tuesday when he was stopped by police was reported stolen in a carjacking.
When officers stopped him, Schlesinger got out of the vehicle armed with an SKS assault rifle and turned toward the officers, police said. Two officers opened fire, killing him.