aJust after midnight on March 20, on-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers shot and killed an unarmed man near Vermont Avenue and James M. Wood Boulevard.
At 12:03am, Olympic Area gang enforcement officers were on patrol in a marked black and white patrol vehicle on Vermont Avenue.
Both officers heard a loud noise and observed a man walking northbound who appeared to be suspiciously looking around and manipulating something in his waistband area. When the officers attempted to conduct an investigative stop, the man advanced rapidly toward the officers while appearing to remove something from his front waistband area. The officers then opened fire on the suspect.
The officers requested emergency medical assistance for the man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect dead.
No weapon was recovered. The deceased man has been identified as 27-year-old area resident Steven Eugene Washington, who was autistic.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is conducting an investigation of the incident, which involved Police Officer Allan Corrales, who has spent 6 years,11 months with the LAPD; and Police Officer George Diego, who has logged 7 years, 10 months with the Department.
On March 23, the LAPD announced a new “autism training program” that will help first responders deal with people who are autistic.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Force Investigation Division at (213)486-5230.