Officers in La Mirada Shoot, Kill Man Wanted in Boyle Heights Double-Homicide

The suspect fired a round from the roof of the La Mirada house before officers opened fire, police said

By Jason Kandel, Vikki Vargas and Lolita Lopez
|  Thursday, Mar 1, 2012  |  Updated 7:05 PM PDT
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The scene at an officer-involved shooting Thursday in La Mirada.

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A man on the roof of a La Mirada house fired a gun at members of an LAPD-FBI task force before officers shot and killed the man, according to police.

The man, identified as a double-murder suspect, died at the scene of the 8:30 a.m. shooting in the 15500 block of Escalona Road. The man's name was not released, but police described him as a gang member from Boyle Heights.

No officers were injured.

The LAPD/FBI task force that was serving a murder warrant was investigating a Nov. 30 double-homicide in the Boyle Heights area. Officers ordered everyone out of the La Mirada residence Thursday morning, but the suspect ran from the home and climbed onto the roof of a nearby house.

The man pulled out a gun and shot at officers, police said. Officers returned fire and fatally wounded the man.

Video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 shows officers continuing to shoot even after the suspect fell.

"We tried to call the individual off the roof, and he refused to come off the roof," said LAPD Commander Andrew Smith. "At some point, he reached into his pocket and fired a round at our officers."

Nearby residents told NBC4 they huddled on the ground when they heard the gunshots.

The body was removed from the roof around 6 p.m., nearly 12 hours after the suspect died.

 

 


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