In­ves­ti­ga­tors try to gain grasp of LAPD shoot­ing

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Kate Mather and Kim Christensen kate. mather@ latimes. com kim. christensen @ latimes. com

An un­armed man shot by Los An­ge­les po­lice re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Sun­day as in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tin­ued to piece to­gether the cir­cum­stances that led to the shoot­ing, author­i­ties said.

The man was shot Fri­day evening by po­lice, who be­lieved he had a gun when he ap­proached of­fi­cers and raised an arm he had wrapped in a towel, author­i­ties said.

The in­ci­dent be­gan when the man f lagged down pa­trol of­fi­cers about 6: 35 p. m. at Los Feliz Boule­vard and Tica Drive south of Grif­fith Park, po­lice said.

“This per­son ex­tended an arm wrapped in a towel,” Lt. John Je­nal said. “The off icer ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and said, ‘ Drop the gun, drop the gun.’”

At that point, at least one of the of­fi­cers shot the man, of­fi­cials said. Po­lice have not dis­closed how many times the man was shot and have not re­leased fur­ther de­tails about the in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing the man’s name.

Noah Evs­lin, who lives in the neigh­bor­hood, told the Los Feliz Ledger that he be- lieved po­lice shot the man three times, once in the head and twice in the chest. He said he did not wit­ness the shoot­ing but saw the man af­ter he had been wounded.

“I re­ally am sym­pa­thetic to ev­ery­one in­volved, the man, the cops, the city,” Evs­lin told the pa­per. “I have friends who are cops and I know how hard their job is, es­pe­cially now, and it’s im­pos­si­ble to know how you’d re­act to a sit­u­a­tion un­til you’re in the mid­dle of it.”

A mo­torist filmed graphic video of the of­fi­cers hand­cuff­ing the man, who had a vis­i­ble head wound. The footage was cir­cu­lated Satur­day on so­cial media but has since been taken down.

The video prompted ques­tions as to why po­lice would hand­cuff a man who was se­ri­ously wounded.

Cmdr. An­drew Smith, a spokesman for the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment, said the of­fi­cers fol­lowed stan­dard pro­ce­dure in hand­cuff­ing the man. At that point, Smith said, the man had not been searched and was con­sid­ered a sus­pect.

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