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Southeast Area Officer-Involved Shooting

**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**

South Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in which officers were shot at by a man with gun.

On April 22, 2019, around 6:45 a.m., officers assigned to Southeast Area were responding to multiple radio calls of a "Man with a Gun" in the area of Figueroa Street and West Gardena Boulevard. As Police Officers II Andrew Do, Serial No. 43209 and Bryan Tahuite, Serial No. 42780 approached the intersection, they saw a man they believed was the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old David Flores, armed with a handgun. Flores shot at the officers as they exited their vehicle, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.

Flores was struck by gunfire and pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured. One of the rounds fired by Flores struck the front passenger door panel of the police vehicle the officers were driving.

The handgun used by Flores was recovered by detectives.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division 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 the 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 officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

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.


Newton Area Officer Shot During Officer-Involved Shooting

**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**

South Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in which a Newton Area officer was shot by a suspect.

On April 20, 2019, around 9:20 p.m., officers assigned to Newton Gang Enforcement Detail saw a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 52nd Street and Holmes Avenue. The officers followed the vehicle till it came to a stop on 51st Street, west of Holmes Avenue. The sole occupant, the driver, exited and ran into the Pueblo Del Rio housing complex. The officers pursued the driver on foot, broadcasting they were chasing a man with a gun. As the officers continued their foot pursuit, a second male suspect, identified as 39-year-old Curley Lee Duff, fired a pistol at Police Officer II Enrique Trujillo, Serial No. 42259, who returned fire. Officer Trujillo and Duff were both struck by gunfire. Both received medical treatment at a local hospital.

The pistol used by Duff was recovered by detectives.

Detectives are still attempting to identify and locate the driver of the vehicle.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division 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 the 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 officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

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.


52-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The family of Diane Black and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Black was last seen on April 25, 2019, around 3:30 p.m., when she left her residence in Yonkers, New York and boarded a flight to Los Angeles. Black landed at Los Angeles International Airport on April 25, 2019, around 10:45 p.m. and has not been heard from since. Black may need medical attention and her family is concerned for her safety.

Black is described as a 57-year-old African-American female with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a dark green parka, blue jeans, carrying a blue purse.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Diane Black please contact Missing Person's Unit Detective Merrill at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Rite Aid Pilots “Cool Kid” Community Outreach Program

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division (CCD) has partnered with the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA). This Association is comprised of retail asset protection/loss prevention professionals as well as federal, state and local law enforcement. Due to the success of LAAORCA, the California Organized Retail Crimes Association was created to address the underserved areas of California.

On April 18, 2019, CCD Commanding Officer, Captain Lillian Carranza, met with Rite Aid Divisional Asset Protection Leader, Michelle Jones and Regional Asset Protection Leader Jason Parsons regarding a newly implemented community outreach pilot, funded by the Rite Aid Foundation, titled "Cool Kid."

The "Cool Kid" program was developed to provide law enforcement with Thrifty Ice Cream coupons for children in the community who have been recognized for being a "Cool Kid." The coupons can also be shared with kids who just need something to brighten their day. Rite Aid will be providing more than 6,000 coupons including coupons for officers, so the "Cool Kid" can enjoy a scoop with a police officer.

The Rite Aid Foundation's program is to create a dialogue between Los Angeles city youth and the LAPD with the hope that kids having a scoop of their favorite Thrifty ice cream will put a smile on their face. The "Cool Kid" program is a pilot in the City of Los Angeles and if proven successful will be considered for expansion to other Rite Aid communities.



Any questions pertaining to this program should be directed to Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Community Business Coordinator, Detective Joseph Hopkins at 213-486-8430 or by Email at 34096@lapd.online.


Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a felony hit and run that occurred at Sepulveda Boulevard and Covello Street.

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, around 10:00 p.m., a felony hit and run traffic collision occurred in the community of Van Nuys. The suspect, driving a possible older model white Cadillac Eldorado, negotiated a left turn from southbound Sepulveda Boulevard onto Covello Street and collided with a motorcycle, travelling northbound Sepulveda Boulevard. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and collided with the roadway.

The driver of the Cadillac Eldorado failed to stop and render aid, and to identify himself to the motorcyclist as required by law. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital with severe injuries.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Investigator, Takishita at (818) 644-8116. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.