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Man Described as Armed and Agitated Killed by North Hollywood LAPD Officer

The deadly shooting on the 7700 block of Ethel Avenue occurs at 5:44 a.m.

A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man this morning outside a North Hollywood house on the 7700 block of Ethel Avenue around 5:44 a.m.

Officers initially arrived at the house responding to a call of of a "415 man," which means a man creating a disturbance, and found a man in the driveway armed with a gun, according to Sgt. Mitzi Fiero of the LAPD Media Relations Section.

"He was agitated. The officers ordered him to drop his weapon," said Fiero at the scene of the shooting. "He refused and in fact he started moving towards the officers. The officers were actually backing up to get away from him to give themselves more time while continuing to order him to drop his weapon. At that point, an officer-involved shooting occurred."

According to Fiero, the man was struck in the upper torso and immediately went down. LAFD medical personel pronounced the man dead at the scene. Nobody else was injured in the incident.

Fiero also said that the man lived in the home. Police have not yet released a name or any other details about the man who was shot.

Laurie Freitag January 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Such a shame really. The man shot could have been drunk, which is legal, and could have have just lost his job or family, who knows? The police should use tazers not bullets. Not cool!
Alex Daniels January 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM
LAPD: What? Me risk injury or death subduing a man? No way, shoot first..live to collect pay and pension,...
Marcus January 23, 2012 at 04:35 PM
And that is exactly why we need to do away with the police force, any one can preform that duty for themselves...
maria muse January 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I vote for the comment above as being most (the only) rational statement. So the anarchist wants to do away with the whole police force...too ridiculous to even comment on...because a woman walking by with a baby carriage is packing heat. Hi Laura, I know you! As much as I feel your point, its not logical. I FEEL you, but don't agree. Even if he is drunk or lost his family, does that mean we are to tolerate it? Because conversely there are scores of people who are drunk stumbling in front of their houses WITHOUT guns. Its sort of the gun part.
Marcus January 23, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Who's gonna protect the citizen from the cop with the gun, neither having a gun nor having a bad day or owning a gun on your own property while having a bad day is immoral or a crime...
Marcus January 23, 2012 at 08:23 PM
We have an elected sheriff for a reason, we don't need a private police force... citizens can protect themselves...
Marcus January 23, 2012 at 08:25 PM
What crime did this guy commit to deserve to be killed?
Joanna January 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM
There have been more officer involved shootings than days in the year! WTF? Shoot first question later.
Joanna January 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Officer involved shootings were up greater than 65% for the year 2011. Again, shoot first question later. Who knows if this shooting was justified, but read up on all the others in the last 3 weeks, where the victim was unarmed and killed by cops. As for mental help. There isn't any. Cedars eliminated their mental health ward late last year. There are few if any resouces for one to obtain solid mental health services. All that was eliminated under Reagan.
Marcus January 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The LAPD is not public, they are a private security arm of the city govt, hired by the LA city council and ran by appointed offices and individual persons...
Joanna January 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I'm confused by the military shooting comment. That they went up because they were using weapons during the act of war? Or they went up once someone returned home? If it is the later, again, we don't give a shit about mental health. There is some amazing info out there about the mental health tests and brain function that the military is supposed to conduct both pre-deployment and post. The marines, front line fighters, refuse to conduct the testing. So here you go 18 year old boy, go fight for "our freedom" but if you get hit upside the head with a big piece of metal, you're on your own. And if you kill your wife and family or yourself after the fact, um your bad. Our system is flawed at best.
Marcus January 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
pretty much, 911 is emergency services... which city contracted services that fall under emergency can be contacted through...
Marcus January 23, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Being the employer's of the representatives, who have delegated this loaded open carry to an unelected police force, with seemingly super judicial rights.... Where is our decision pertaining to who needs to be held accountable in which situation, where is the employer audit? the system is definitely flawed at best.
sm January 26, 2012 at 08:40 AM
If this was your son or your loved one will you think the same way ......I think I/we all have the right to protected our house with a gun and no one even the cops are not allowed to shot ppl in there own property that is stupid. now i will never call the cops for help the family called 911 for help not to kill there own 22year old son.. Now im thinking i need protection from the police and not the public.... Not all cops know what there job duties are ........
Marcus January 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Yuppies love cops...
sm January 27, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Next thing we know is we are going to reach for our wallet when getting a traffic ticket, we get shot......poor people are getting killed left and right. the other north hollywood shooting by cops a gain he just had a bi-bi gun and his son told the cops his dad only has a bi-bi gun what happen to the robber bullets or taser guns ......
TT January 28, 2012 at 06:05 PM
As far as i know the cops are trained well enough to know where to shoot. I am sure that same cop had enough training to shoot a person to wound him. What I'm trying to say, there should be a difference between shooting someone to kill and shooting someone to wound and proceed from there. Also, it never mentions in the article that the person was holding the gun or pointing on someone... he could have had the gun in his pocket and not even touching the gun... in my opinion the cops had many other options but not to shoot to kill...
Laurie Freitag January 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
well once again..the media gives us info but not enough info. and it's Laurie, Maria, not Laura. You'd think if people could remember your names they could at least remember also that all life is precious...that could have been someone you know having a bad day having too many beers. I just can't go to that place of 'just shoot the guy dead'. I just too connected to the human race. Police need to stop the "bad guys" but not kill them.

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