LOS ANGELES, California (October 6, 2016) —Daniel Perez, 16, was killed Sunday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting near 48th Street and Ascot Avenue, according to a report by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The fatal police shooting took place just before 5 p.m. The juvenile was walking with another person when police spotted them and believed he matched the description of a suspect they were searching for.
The victim was allegedly armed with a replica handgun. Police were called to the scene and attempted to approach Perez on foot. One witness told the media that police never spoke to the youth or commanded him to do anything prior to the shooting. Another alleged that the boy was shot by a second officer after he fell to the ground when he was shot by the first officer.
Police say the teenager turned around and allegedly pointed the handgun at them as they approached him. The boy was shot three or four times by police. He died of his injuries. The gun recovered at the scene was a replica with an orange tip that had been darkened to conceal it was not real.
There were body cameras on police officers that apparently refutes claims that the teenager was laying on the ground when he was shot by police, according to the LAPD.
The shooting came one day after 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr., was killed in an officer-involved shooting nearby. In that shooting, police alleged the teen fled from a stolen vehicle and he was armed with a gun.
Anger over these two police shootings led to protests and outrage in the Los Angeles area. The African American community has been particularly troubled by violence towards them nationally as well as here in Los Angeles. Black Lives Matters and other organizations are among those asking for an end to the violence. An article in the Guardian states that 18 people have been killed by Los Angles Police Officers this year and that last year there were more deaths by LAPD law enforcement officers than any other law enforcement agency in the United States.
Police will continue to investigate these shootings, but victims’ families may also separately file a civil lawsuit against the city if they believe the police action was unjustified.
Johnson Attorneys Group handles these types of cases on behalf of family members who wish to file a wrongful death claim or victims who have been injured in a police shooting. Our experienced legal team can guide you through the legal process obtain compensation and justice for your family. Call us for a free consultation at 800-235-6801.
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