Culver City

Culver City PD Releases Video of Fatal Shooting of Man by Officers

The wounded officer, wounded by friendly fire, is recovering at home, police said.

Culver City Police Department

Culver City police on Tuesday released a "critical incident community briefing'' video of the Aug. 3 fatal shooting of a man armed with a knife who charged at officers -- one of whom was wounded by "friendly fire'' -- on the roof of a parking structure.

The 12-minute, edited video includes 911 calls and shows some of the events that culminated in the fatal shooting of Jesse Van Loozen, 34, and the wounding of the officer, according to the Culver City Police Department.

Note: The video provided below by Culver City Police contains graphic content.

The wounded officer, whose name was not released, is recovering at home, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the 8800 block of Washington Boulevard about 2:25 p.m. that day on a report of a man armed with a knife who was in the stairwell of a commercial parking structure.

Officers located the man and he "attempted to elude them within (the) stairwell,'' according to a report that was released shortly after the shooting by Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which was called in to assist in the investigation.

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"A short standoff ensued and as the officers attempted to communicate with the suspect, he suddenly charged at the officers while armed with a knife,'' Navarro-Suarez said.

Van Loozen died at a hospital.

Investigations are ongoing, including probes by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the sheriff's department, the coroner's office and the Culver City Police Department's professional standards unit.

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