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Pacific Division 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**

Venice: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting in which officers shot a man armed with a three-foot wooden plank.

On August 14, 2019, around 5:50 p.m., uniformed officers assigned to Pacific Patrol Division responded to a radio call of a screaming man at Thornton Court and Pacific Avenue. Upon arriving at the location, the officers encountered the suspect, John Penny, who was initially armed with a glass bottle. Penny refused to drop the bottle and approached officers. The officers deployed a taser, however it appears the darts did not strike Penny. Penny then armed himself with a three-foot-long wooden plank and again approached the officers, which resulted in an Officer-Involved- Shooting. Penny was struck once in the left arm and once in the left thigh. The officers also deployed one round from a beanbag shotgun and one 40mm round.

Penny was treated at scene by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and then transported via Rescue Ambulance (RA) to UCLA Westwood Medical Center, where he was treated and cleared for booking. No officers were injured during the incident.

A three-foot wooden plank was recovered at scene.

Force Investigation Division (FID) responded and is handling the administrative investigation and the FID Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) is conducting the criminal investigation.

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.

Violent Home Invasion Ends in Shooting

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Area are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for a home invasion that left one person shot.

On August 9, 2019, around 4:00 p.m., Central Area officers responded to an "ADW Shots Fired" radio call at a large multi-unit apartment complex located on the 600 block of South Spring Street. Upon arrival, they were led to a male victim lying on a sofa in the lobby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. After undergoing surgery, the victim is in stable condition.

The investigation revealed that the victim and a friend were in an apartment at the location when five male Blacks entered, pepper sprayed them, bound them, and ultimately shot the victim. The suspects remove an unknown quantity of cannabis and money, then fled the location. It is believed that the apartment where this occurred is part of an illegal cannabis enterprise. Detectives at scene recovered over 100 pounds of cannabis and a large quantity of concentrated cannabis oil.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Central Area Robbery detectives at 213-833-3750. 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.lapdonloine.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.

LAPD Mission Division Cadets Receiving Scholarships

Mission Hills: The Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Area established the Cadet Program in 2005. It is a community-based crime prevention program that aims to empower youth, ages 13 to 17 years old. The program maximizes their personal and scholastic potential through the emphasis of the program's four cornerstones:

• Leadership
• Academic Excellence
• Ethical and Wise Decision Making
• Community Stewardship

On August 13, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., 10 retired Mission Area cadets will be presented with scholarships. The event will be held at the Mission Community Police Station, located at 11121 Sepulveda Boulevard in Mission Hills. These cadets have volunteered countless hours within our community. They have participated in the National Night Out, maintained their GPA's in school, have represented the Mission Cadet Program in "presenting colors" at various community events, and have demonstrated their athleticism in running the Los Angeles Marathon.

Mission Community Police Council has generously sponsored the scholarships to help our 10 retired cadets continue with their college education.

Mission Area would like to thank the retired Cadets and their parents for all the hard work and commitment to The Mission Area Cadet Program.