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.