Crime & Justice

La Verne police officer shoots man, wounds fellow officer


An officer from the La Verne Police Department shot and wounded a man who refused to drop what he thought was a weapon. He also wounded a second officer who came to help.

After responding to a family disturbance on the 2400 block of Foothill Boulevard around 3:20 a.m. Saturday, the officer confronted a man with "an unknown dark object in his hand."

Deputy Joana Warren with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the shooting, tells KPCC the officer thought the object was a gun and ordered the man to drop it. When he didn't comply, the officer fired and then realized the man wasn't holding a gun.

According to Warren, the man continued to approach the officer, who deployed his taser. It was ineffective. The man continued advancing toward the officer in a threatening manner despite being ordered to stop.

He then, "reached toward his rear waistband area and made a threatening statement, which led the officer to believe the male adult was arming himself. Fearing for his safety, the officer discharged his firearm several times, striking him once in the upper torso area."

He also struck an assisting officer in the lower torso area.

That officer was taken to a hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The man with the gun was also taken to a hospital. His condition isn't known.

Sheriff's investigators didn't say whether or not they had found a gun at the scene.

It comes a day after a fatal police shooting in Huntington Beach, where an officer killed a man outside a 7-Eleven.