Home Invaders May Have Posed as Cops

Police looking for three suspects

A man was shot to death by two robbers who may have posed as law enforcement officers when they forced their way into a Sherman Oaks apartment, police said Friday.

The break-in at the Regency Gardens Apartments in the 5100 block of Woodman Avenue, near Magnolia Boulevard, was reported about 6 p.m. Thursday, said Officer Jason Lee of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.

Arriving officers found a man dead from a gunshot wound in a third-floor unit at the complex, and it appeared there had been a struggle, police said.

The victim's name was withheld pending family notification.

His body was still at the scene Friday afternoon as investigators collected evidence, according to the coroner's office.

Residents told ABC7 the victim was in his mid-20s and worked as a deejay.

"The guy was a really nice guy," a man who lives in the complex told the TV station.

Police had little to go on.

"All we know is they ran out of the complex," said LAPD Officer Jason Lee, who added police have no description on their ages, heights, weight or clothes and no information on the direction they fled.

However, the case was assigned to the Robbery Homicide Division, which handles major investigations.

"We decided to bring in RHD because these suspects were allegedly posing as police officers and handcuffing these victims in a home-invasion crime," said Commander Harlan Ward of LAPD's Valley Bureau.

He said the division will look into whether similar crimes have occurred elsewhere in the city.

Detectives also were serving multiple search warrants in the apartment complex, said RHD Lt. Mark Tappan.

It was not immediately clear if the robbers took anything from the apartment, said Lt. Peter Casey of the LAPD's Van Nuys Station.

Anyone with information on the crime was asked to call Robbery Homicide detectives at 213-485-2531.

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