UPDATE: Man Shot by LAPD Did Not Have a Gun

An Altadena man was gunned down by officers Sunday in North Hollywood.

A man shot and killed by officers in North Hollywood over the weekend was not carrying a weapon, as initially reported by a witness, police investigators said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the coroner's office today identified the man as Moises de la Torre, 25, of Altadena, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations section, de la Torre was shot around 7:35 p.m. Sunday at Vineland Avenue and Archwood Street, where police were sent on a report of a man with a gun.

"They encountered the suspect in the street and there was an officer- involved shooting," Eisenman said.

This afternoon, investigators from the LAPD's Force Investigation Division, which examines officer-involved shootings, said no gun was found despite the initial call.

On that day, a woman was attempting to park her car when a man approached her and allegedly threatened to kill her. The woman reported she saw the man reach into a bag and thought he was arming himself with a gun to act on his threat. She sped away, and called police to report a man with a gun in the area, the investigators said.

Patrol officers located the suspect standing in the southbound traffic lanes. He was facing away from the officers, still holding the bag which the woman had assumed contained the gun, according to the LAPD.

The officers ordered him to drop the bag, but he ignored the commands and then advanced on the officers, repeatedly threatening to kill them, according to the LAPD. He was shot after he continued to advance on the officers and pulled his hand from the bag he was carrying, the department's statement says.

The conclusions and narrative of the Force Investigation Division are preliminary, police said, and mark the beginning of a probe that will eventually be reviewed by the Police Commission and District Attorney's Office.

Daniel February 27, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Moises was one of my best friends, he was like a brother to me. No way would Moises do anything like this. Those cops are just trying to cover up they're asses!! God will find justice for the de la torre family. I miss you already Moises, you were a awesome person and friend, you will never be forgotten. I will help Peter and your family with whatever I can. Your boy Dan the man.
Bill Wentz February 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I think the cops were pretty justified in this one. The guy was threatening them and acting like he had a gun. He could have done anything to avoid getting shot but it seems like that's what he wanted. If he really did have a gun, he could have easily shot somebody through his bag. I'm glad this scum is off the streets.
Ridd Lore March 02, 2013 at 03:20 AM
He had a black plastic bag from the market. Not a canvas bag. Not something one would conceal a weapon in. Just heard from his family.
Ridd Lore March 02, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Just a theory... The woman who made the initial call was parking her car. She almost backed into him, maybe he got upset holding his black plastic bag of chips or drink from the market. Words were exchanged and the angry driver called the police and said what she said.
Ridd Lore March 02, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Just a thought. A more logical one. If she was parking her car maybe she almost hit him and he told her to watch where she was going but maybe not so nicely. She most likely almost hit him and he yelled at her she yelled back. She gets upset and calls the police. I have seen people park their cars maybe did not see someone they yelled and cursed to let them know they are there. They driver apologizes and go bout their way. Some people choose to call the police after they get cursed out, not the first time won't be the last. I think if someone was trying to rob or car jack her she would have been robbed or car jacked. The man would not be walking down the street with a small black plastic bag eating chips.


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