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14-year-old girl identified in fatal Los Angeles locker room police shootout

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14-year-old girl identified in fatal Los Angeles locker room police shootout

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The Los Angeles Police Department is expected to release more details on Monday, including audio of 911 calls and body camera footage, of an encounter between officers and a man who allegedly assaulted a woman that resulted in the 14-year-old man shot dead. -old girl in a North Hollywood clothing store Thursday.

Officers responded to multiple radio calls regarding an assault with a deadly weapon and a potential shooting at a Burlington store on Victory Boulevard, police said. When the police arrived, they said, they found a man assaulting a woman and shot him. They identified him as Daniel Elena Lopez.

The teenager, Valentina Orellana-Peralta, was in a dressing room with her mother right behind him, and the police did not see her. Police said a bullet, likely fired by an officer, penetrated the locker room wall.

The man and girl died from gunshot wounds to the chest, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

After inspecting the scene after Mr. Elena Lopez’s death, police then discovered Ms. Orellana-Peralta’s body, police said.

The unidentified woman who was allegedly assaulted was taken to hospital with head and arm injuries, Dominic H. Choi, deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said at a press conference on Thursday. . Chief Choi said officers found a heavy metal padlock near the man, but no weapon.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel R. Moore said in a statement that the “chaotic incident” was “tragic and devastating for all involved.” He pledged to conduct a “thorough, complete and transparent investigation”.

Investigations into the shootings involving the police are based on what the officer “could reasonably have known,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and a former New York City police officer.

Investigations will analyze the officer’s tactics during the shooting, perceptions of the threat and weapons, the officer’s history and interviews with other officers who were at the scene. He noted that the Los Angeles Police Department regularly posts video footage of fatal shootings.

The officer who opened fire was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is the norm for all police shootings in California, said Tom Saggau, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Once the police department completes its investigation, a five-member civilian commission will hold a hearing and issue a recommendation, Saggau said.

The California Department of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office are investigating, in addition to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A new state law that came into effect in July requires the California Department of Justice to investigate shootings involving officers that resulted in the death of an unarmed civilian and to assess the potential for criminal prosecution. If the ministry refuses to file a complaint, it must publish a public report explaining its decision.

The shootings of Los Angeles Police Department officers are on the rise, the Los Angeles Times reported. So far this year, officers have shot dead 37 people, killing 17 people. Last year, police shot dead 27 people, killing seven.

Edwin Arroyo, a supervisor at Nancy’s cleaning service, was tasked with cleaning the locker room space a day later. He couldn’t believe, he said in Spanish, that he was cleaning the same place he had read earlier in the news.

Mr Arroyo said he spent the day thinking about his own daughters, who are 12 and 18.

“It hurt me so much, so much sadness because innocent blood was all over the floor,” he said. “The only thing I really know is that I came home that night and gave my daughters a hug.”

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