**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**
Los Angeles: On February 7, 2017, around 7:35 p.m., officers assigned to 77th Street Gang Enforcement Detail (GED) saw a white Mercedes sedan with paper plates and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle fled and a short pursuit occurred prior to the vehicle escaping. On February 8, 2017, around 11:00 a.m., a "Shots Fired" radio call was broadcast in 77th Street Area and the suspect vehicle was described as a white Mercedes with paper plates.
On February 8, 2017, around 3:40 p.m., a 77th Street GED unit saw a white Mercedes E350 with paper plates northbound on the 110 Freeway. They attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
The pursuit eventually continued off the freeway and into downtown Los Angeles, where the vehicle entered a multi-level parking structure south of 8th Street and west of Figueroa Street. 77th Street GED officers, along with officers from Central Area and Metropolitan Division, responded to the location and attempted to establish a perimeter.
While an officer was on foot in a driveway mid-block on Figueroa St south of 8th St., the suspect vehicle, driven by Tyree Francis, accelerated in his direction. The officer fired one round at Francis. Francis fled the scene in the vehicle. The pursuit continued on surface streets and again on the 110 Freeway, before terminating at 76th St. and Van Ness Ave., where Francis collided with several other vehicles. He was taken into custody without further incident.
No officers were injured during this incident. Francis had not been shot. A firearm was recovered in the area of the officer involved shooting. LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD's policies and procedures.
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