Two people were shot during a domestic violence incident in Hollywood on May 20 that prompted an officer involved shooting.
An officer-involved shooting occurred on May 20 at an apartment on Las Palmas Avenue. (photo by Edwin Folven)
Officers from the LAPD’s Hollywood Division received a call shortly before 2:00pm about an assault with a deadly weapon at an apartment building in the 1200 block of N. Las Palmas Avenue. When they arrived, they found a suspect armed with a handgun, firing at a male and female victim in one of the apartments. One of the officers, Eric Horton, fired multiple rounds, but the shots missed the suspect. Det. Kevin Becker, with the LAPD’s Hollywood Division, said an investigation is still ongoing to determine whether it was the shots fired by the suspect or the officer that struck the male victim.
Becker said what is certain is that the suspect, Gennady Galayan, 42, was involved in a custody dispute with his wife, and shot her multiple times. She was treated at a local hospital and had been released by Wednesday.
“Thank goodness they missed all the vital organs, and she will survive,” Becker said. “The other victim had minor injuries and has also been released from the hospital.”
Becker declined to identify the male victim or say why he was at the scene, but described him as a “good Samaritan” who tried to intervene in the argument. Galayan has been charged with attempted murder and remains in custody. The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is investigating the officer-involved shooting, and Becker said it may take several days or weeks to complete.