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LAPD Shoots and Kills Man With Assault Rifle in Venice

It started with a domestic violence call


August 8, 2017

Police on horseback in Venice

It must be the August heat, or something.

The LAPD Thursday night August 3rd, shot a Venice man after responding to a domestic violence call. LAPD spokesmen said he brandished an assault rifle when officers confronted him at his Venice Boulevard residence Friday night.

The officer who fired the shot had gone to the home with a partner around 8:30 p.m. in response to a call "to keep the peace," Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters at the scene of the shooting.

"Upon their arrival, they were met by a female outside who stated the suspect was in the residence destroying property," Montgomery said.

The officers approached the front door and saw the man inside with the weapon, and that is when the shooting occurred, he said.

Lt. Titus Tyler said the unidentified man was taken by ambulance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he died.

The rifle was recovered, Tyler said, and an investigation was underway.

In an unrelated shooting Friday, Santa Monica officers wounded a homicide suspect fleeing arrest. The man fatally shot an acquaintance around 6:30 p.m. and then pointed his gun at officers pursuing him, according to Santa Monica Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez.

"The suspect fired several shots, and the officers returned fire," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the 47-year-old was hit once in the torso. After being treated at a hospital for his injuries, he was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and illegal gun possession.

Santa Monica Police did not identify the suspect or his alleged victim.


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