Police Body Camera Footage Shows Officer-Involved Shooting in Los Angeles
A bodycam video was released by the Los Angeles Police Department on June 26 showing an intense on-foot chase followed by multiple shots, which ended up with the suspect’s surrender. Neither the officers nor the suspect was injured in the incident.
On May 12, two LAPD patrol officers found two men acting suspiciously on the street and possibly engaged in gang activity in south Los Angeles. One of the two men started to run when the officers tried to conduct an investigation.
Officers said the suspect fled along the sidewalk and was observed carrying a handgun in his hand.
In the original video, an officer picked up a loaded handgun magazine, which police said was discarded by the suspect during the pursuit. The suspect finally fell to the ground after the officer fired his weapon multiple times, but he was not hit with any of the bullets.
The suspect was later identified as 20-year-old Kevin Palencia and taken into custody. Although a house surveillance camera captured Palencia carrying a gun in his hand while he was running, the handgun itself was not found on scene.
Another surveillance video later showed the handgun was picked up by the second suspect, who fled the scene while officers were arresting Palencia. The police searched for the handgun in the second suspect’s home, but were unable to locate it.
Both suspects were charged with a felony for illegally possessing a firearm. The incident is still under investigation.
LAPD Force Investigation Division Commander Alan Hamilton said the department has been increasing police presence in the area, which recently experienced an uptick in crime. Officers said they might also use unmarked vehicles on patrol. The two officers were using this strategy when they encountered the suspects in this case.