Police say the man killed early Saturday morning in an officer-involved shooting at the Metro Gold Line Soto station was a Hispanic male in his 30’s, but they are not giving much detail about the circumstances surrounding the incident.
A watch commander at the LAPD Hollenbeck station said he could not identify the man nor say if he was suspected of involvement in any gang-related activity.
The website FightBackNews! identified the man as “a 36-year-old Chicano named Fred Barragán from the Boyle Heights neighborhood.” Additional sources also identified the man as Barragán.
An LAPD spokesperson told Fox 11 News that, shortly after midnight, officers on patrol in the area heard multiple gunshots around the area of First and Breed Streets, about a block from the Metro station. The spokesperson added that officers went westbound on First Street, saw a male suspect and tried to stop him when the officer-involved shooting occurred.
The spokesperson added paramedics called to the scene declared the man dead at the scene, from which a gun was recovered. KABC 7 also reported that several bullet shell casings were collected at the scene.
FightBackNews! is reporting that a witness is disputing the LAPD version of the shooting. The website says Centro CSO, a Boyle Heights organization, is planning a press conference on Monday in front of Hollenbeck station “to demand LAPD issue a public statement on Barragán’s killing.”
A video posted by On Scene Video shows a body covered by a blanket lying on the ground near a fence in an alley on the Northeastern corner of the Metro Station. The video also showed that distraught family members and nearby residents showed up at the scene that was cordoned off by officers.
By Saturday afternoon, the name “FRED” had been painted on the wall and a makeshift memorial with flowers and candles had been erected nearby. The words “R.I.P. FREDOG!” had also been painted on an adjoining wall.
The story was first reported by KABC 7:
#BREAKINGNEWS Officer-involved shooting leaves 1 dead in Boyle Heights; Metro Gold Line station closedhttps://t.co/mcrWAup9f9 pic.twitter.com/2xaHnQERuv
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) March 25, 2017
Metro temporarily interrupted service in the morning to Soto station, which remained closed while LAPD detectives worked the scene, but service was restored before 11 am.
#Goldline Soto station in Boyle heights shutdown after officer involved shooting. Suspect dead & a weapon was recovered. @ABC7 at 8am & 9am pic.twitter.com/ImBSnvUwqc
— Darsha Philips (@abc7darsha) March 25, 2017
The watch commander at Hollenbeck said the incident was being investigated by the LAPD Force Investigation Division.
This story was updated at 6:30 pm on March 25 and will continue to be be updated as more information becomes available.
Photo above: a makeshift memorial being erected near the spot when a man was killed Saturday in an LAPD officer-involved shooting. Photo from FightBack!News.org.