An officer involved shooting in Mar Vista Oct. 11 that left a suspect wounded will be investigated by various divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department for compliance with the department’s use of force policy.
The suspect, Jacob Kirk Ascensio, 24, is in stable condition after he allegedly threatened officers with a knife at Centinela Avenue and Washington Place in Mar Vista and was shot in the abdomen, police said. (The Argonaut incorrectly identified this location as Del Rey Oct. 13).
The incident occurred at about 2:15 a.m. when officers conducted a traffic stop of a motorist on suspicion of driving under the influence and asked him to get out of the vehicle.
The suspect, who was armed with a knife, allegedly pointed the knife at the officers in a threatening manner and refused their orders to drop the weapon, a LAPD spokesperson said.
The officers continued to give Ascensio commands to stop and drop the knife but when the suspect allegedly failed to follow their orders, the officers put out a request for help over their hand-held radios.
Ascensio then removed his sweatshirt and shirt and gained ground on the officers, who backed away a considerable distance, ending up in the street exposed to vehicle traffic, the LAPD spokesperson said.
As Ascensio continued to quickly walk towards police, one of the officers shot him once in the abdomen, police said. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
According to the LAPD, the officer involved in the shooting has served with the department for over five years.
During the initial investigation, officers recovered an open utility knife at the scene. Force Investigation Division detectives responded and are investigating the officer-involved shooting.
The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the chief of police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable, the LAPD spokesperson said.
Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the incident.