Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes, and Council President Eric Garcetti, 13th District, spearheaded an effort last Friday to establish a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of a Los Angeles Unified School District police (LAUSD) officer on Jan. 19.
A skecth of the suspect has been released by the LAPD.
In addition to the city’s reward, other organizations have provided money, bringing the reward to $100,000. A police sketch of the suspect has also been released to the public.
The incident occurred near El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Officer Jeff Stenroos, of the LAUSD Police Department, was in uniform and driving a marked black and white police vehicle when he was flagged down around 8 a.m. by a citizen who told him an individual was peering into parked vehicles on a street behind the school. At approximately11:30 a.m., Ste-nroos saw the suspect peering into parked vehicles along the 5500 block of Manton Avenue and stopped to investigate. Without warning, the suspect fired a handgun at the officer, striking him once in the chest. The force of the bullet’s impact caused Stenroos to fall to the ground, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest, which stopped the bullet.
Stenroos was later treated at a hospital and released for a bruised chest caused by the bullet striking his vest, and injuries to his head when he fell.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his mid to late 40s, with long gray hair pulled into a ponytail. The suspect is approximately five-feet-nine-inches tall with a thin build, and was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, possibly a bomber jacket or hooded sweatshirt, and denim jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Myers or Diaz, with the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division at (213)486-6850. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at (877)LAPD247.