A 28-year-old man was shot by a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer in Mar Vista early Thursday, August 2nd, after he placed his hands on a BB gun that appeared to be a rifle, police said.
The man, identified as Norberto Estrada, was shot in the right forearm and was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, police said.
No police officers were injured during the incident.
Police arrested Estrada for “assault without a firearm” on a police officer. He is currently being held on $50,000 bail.
An LAPD Pacific officer was called to the 3900 block of Moore Street, near Venice Boulevard, in Mar Vista shortly after 4 a.m. regarding a report of a group that was drinking in the area.
When the officer arrived, he did not find the group but saw that a man was asleep in the back seat of a parked sport-utility vehicle (SUV), police said.
After the officer saw what appeared to be a rifle in the upright position leaning against the back of the front seat, he backed away from the vehicle and requested assistance, LAPD Lt. Patrick Smith said.
When additional officers arrived, they approached the vehicle and directed the man to come out, he said.
The man continued to ignore the officers’ commands, given in both English and Spanish, and then suddenly leaned forward and put his hands on the barrel of the rifle, police alleged.
After the man apparently attempted to arm himself, police shot at him, striking him in the right forearm, Smith said.
Officers recovered a BB rifle from inside the vehicle, Smith said.
The incident was one of three shootings involving LAPD officers in the city early August 2nd, police said.
The shooting in Mar Vista is under investigation by the LAPD Force Investigation Division, which will determine if proper police procedures were followed during the incident, according to Smith.