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News Release

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Media Relations

Armed Suspect Shoots at Officers NRF043-16jk

September 14, 2016

Updated: The officers involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officers II Francisco Zaragosa, Serial No. 39188, Isaac Fernandez, Serial No. 41058 and Joseph Chavez, Serial No. 40894.

**The following information is based on a preliminary, ongoing investigation which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Watts: Los Angeles police officers were involved in violent exchange of gunfire late last night with a suspect who ran as he fired a handgun wounding an officer.

On July 25, 2016, around 11 p.m., Southeast Officers were conducting extra patrol in the Nickerson Gardens Community Housing Development due to recent shootings between rival gangs in the area. Officers observed a group of gang members gathered in the area of the baseball diamond and approached the group in order to disperse the group. Suddenly, one of the suspects separated from the group, began running from the officers at which time they observed him to be armed with a handgun. The officers gave chase and while running after the young male, the suspect pointed his handgun at the officers and fired several shots. The officers returned fire and multiple rounds were exchanged between the suspect and the officers. The foot pursuit continued while gunshots continued to be exchanged. One of the pursuing officers was struck by the gunfire. The suspect was also shot during the running gun battle.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the incident and pronounced the suspect dead at scene. The wounded officer was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound and later released.

A 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered at scene along with numerous casings from the shooting. A photograph of the suspect's gun is attached below.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division is conducting a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting which will be presented to the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force and tactics employed by the officers complied with LAPD's policies and procedures. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will also review the evidence collected during the investigation to determine whether any criminal laws were violated.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:

• During business hours at 213-486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day 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); or
• Online at and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.