Man shot by LAPD did not point a gun

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - By Vic­to­ria Kim vic­to­ria.kim@la­times.com

A man shot and wounded last week by Los An­ge­les po­lice in West­lake did not point a gun at of­fi­cers, de­spite an ini­tial re­port by the LAPD that he had, au­thor­i­ties said.

Ja­son Ban­gle, 39, was shot about 10 p.m. Tues­day in the 600 block of South Coron­ado Street, po­lice said. The in­ci­dent be­gan when of­fi­cers were flagged down by pedes­tri­ans who said they were threat­ened by two men armed with a hand­gun, ac­cord­ing to a Po­lice Depart­ment state­ment.

Of­fi­cers found two men nearby, but the pair did not com­ply with or­ders to stop, po­lice say.

Ban­gle, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, crouched be­hind a ve­hi­cle with his hands “in his waist­band” and had be­gun to move to­ward one of the of­fi­cers when he was shot.

Au­thor­i­ties did not iden­tify the of­fi­cer or of­fi­cers who fired, or spec­ify the num­ber of shots fired. No of­fi­cers were in­jured. Ban­gle was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he was listed in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion, po­lice said.

A hand­gun was re­cov­ered at the scene, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The other man, Craig Curry, 37, was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent.

“Ini­tial re­ports at the scene stated that the sus­pect pointed a hand­gun at the of­fi­cers,” the LAPD state­ment said. “As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­gressed, it was determined that the sus­pect did not point a hand­gun at the of­fi­cers.”

The depart­ment did not ex­plain how de­tec­tives determined the ini­tial re­port was wrong. A spokesman de­clined to an­swer ad­di­tional ques­tions about the in­ci­dent.

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