An unarmed Los Angeles man who allegedly refused to comply with law enforcement orders and reached toward his waistband was shot to death by Culver City police after being followed into Venice early Saturday, November 8th, authorities said.
The man, identified by the county coroner as Alejandro Erazo, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said a firearm was recovered at the scene but was not found on the man who was fatally shot.
No other injuries were reported.
The man was riding in a vehicle that was followed into Venice by Culver City police, who had been called regarding an assault with a deadly weapon report in their city, Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Thompson said.
Deputies did not disclose the circumstances of the initial incident other than to say it involved a man with a gun.
At about midnight November 8th, at California Avenue and Frederick Street, east of Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, Culver City police officers located a vehicle with three occupants that matched the vehicle description from the Culver City incident, Thompson said. Police stopped the vehicle and several additional Culver City units arrived at the scene.
The suspect got out of the passenger side of the vehicle but refused to follow numerous orders given by officers, Thompson said.
“The suspect then made a furtive movement toward his waistband and officers, fearing for their safety, shot and fatally wounded the suspect,” Thompson said.
It is unknown how many officers fired at the suspect, he said. Two other men inside the car were taken into custody.
Authorities are investigating whether standard protocol was followed regarding officer-involved shootings.
Culver City police referred all questions regarding the incident to the Los Angeles county Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting the Culver City Police Department in its internal investigation.