Murder Charges Filed After Main Street and Strand Shooting
August 8, 2017
On August 4, 2017 at about 6:28 p.m. the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) received numerous 9-1-1 calls regarding a possible shooting with a victim down in the area of Main Street and Strand Avenue. The incident appears to have evolved from an argument between two homeless men.
As officers arrived on scene to find a male victim lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was treated at the scene by Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics, then transported to a local hospital for treatment. The victim succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
After a search, police saw Christopher Charles Davis in the area of 3rd Street and Hollister Avenue. He was holding a handgun and pointed the weapon at officers. Additional officers arrived and confronted the suspect, which led to an exchange of gunfire.
Police shot Davis, then arrested him. Davis, 46, was treated at the scene by Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect has been identified as Davis, a 46 year-old homeless male.
SMPD Detectives are actively investigating the incident. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Officer-Involved-Shooting Team, responded to the scene and is conducting an independent and thorough review of the incident.
Earlier today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office – Airport Division filed the following charges on Davis: 187(a) P.C.-Murder; Attempted Murder; Assault with a Deadly Weapon; and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Davis is being held in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office on $2 million bail. Davis is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon at Airport Courthouse.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call Detective Cooper (310) 458- 8937; Detective Leone (310) 458- 8949; Sgt. Sal Lucio (310) 458-8760, or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.