**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: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Van Nuys Division neighborhood.
On November 15, 2017, around 4:00 p.m., uniformed officers from the Van Nuys Area Gang Enforcement Detail were near the intersection of Sherman Way and Kester Avenue, when they observed a vehicle with plates that were reported lost or stolen. The vehicle was occupied by a male driver, later identified as Oscar Anaya, and two female passengers. When officers began following the vehicle, Anaya attempted to elude the officers and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
During the pursuit, Anaya fired shots at the police vehicle. The pursuit ended when Anaya crashed his vehicle into a light pole on the southeast corner of Sherman Way and Kester Avenue. Anaya immediately exited his vehicle and began to fire at the officers, resulting in an Officer –Involved Shooting (OIS).
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported Anaya to a local hospital, where he failed to respond to emergency life saving measures and was pronounced dead.
The two female occupants were detained and later arrested for unrelated narcotic offenses and outstanding warrants.
No officers were injured during this incident and two loaded handguns, attributed to Anaya were, recovered at scene.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the investigation.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
• During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.
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