PANORAMA CITY (CNS) — Authorities have identified a 32-year-old man who police say was armed with a gun when he was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Panorama City.
Florencio Chaidez was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in a residential neighborhood in the 14000 block of Parthenia Street. No officers were injured.
Officers had responded about 30 minutes earlier to the area of Roscoe Boulevard and Willis Avenue to investigate a report of a man with a gun, Los Angeles police Officer Matthew Ludwig said.
They eventually located a man matching the suspect’s description a couple of blocks away on Parthenia east of Willis, Ludwig said.
They saw that the man was holding a beer can and, after getting out of their patrol car, saw that he was also holding a gun, at which point the officer-involved shooting occurred, he said.
A gun was recovered at the scene, Ludwig said.
The officers were wearing body cameras, but it’s unclear what was captured, and the video is not being released at this time, police said.
The city began providing body cameras to Mission Station officers earlier this month.
According to the Los Angeles Times, LAPD officers have been involved in 30 shootings this year, with 15 resulting in fatalities, versus 26 officer-involved shootings, 18 of them fatal, in 2014.