An armed suspect was shot and killed by Los Angeles Police Department officers on Feb. 19 in East Hollywood after leading them on a short foot pursuit and pointing a handgun.
The incident occurred around 9:25 a.m., when Officer Peter Kim, along with his partner and a supervisor, responded to a radio call of a prowler in the 1200 block of Westmoreland Avenue.
When the officers arrived, they observed the suspect trying to flee, and officers ordered him to stop. The suspect, who was later identified as 49-year-old David McMahon, ran westbound on Fountain Avenue. Additional officers arrived to assist and caught up with the suspect a short time later.
McMahon was ordered to get down on his knees, but the suspect allegedly stopped and turned towards the officers and pointed a handgun, at which time the officer involved shooting occurred. Officers Kim, Brenda Escobedo, and Ricardo Aguirre all fired their service weapons at McMahon, striking him multiple times. McMahon was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The officers are all from the LAPD’s Northeast Division, which patrols portions of East Hollywood.
Officer Kim was injured by bullet fragments and was treated and released from the hospital. The handgun McMahon used was recovered and booked into evidence.
The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is currently reviewing the incident, which is standard procedure for all officer involved shootings.