Caution tape

A man shot and killed by police at the end of a chase through Boyle Heights late last month has been identified as Omar González, a 36-year-old Los Angeles resident. He was the 11th person killed by on-duty LAPD officers in Los Angeles this year, and the fourth in Boyle Heights.

Police say González was armed with a gun during the July 28 incident. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was a passenger in a car driven by a woman being pursued by police, because it had been reported stolen. When the chase came to a dead-end street on Atwood Place, the victim got out of the car and ran.

One of the pursuing officers shot  González,  who died at a local hospital from his injury. Footage from the officers’ body cameras and the police car camera are being reviewed and the investigation into the shooting continues.

In May, a reportedly armed pedestrian was shot and killed by two gang officers driving near 7th and Lorena who attempted to stop him. According to LAPD the male victim attempted to run away and an exchange of gunfire happened when officers caught up with him.

In April, a man who broke into the home of an 83-year-old man and was threatening to kill him with a knife was killed by an LAPD officer.

In February, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by LAPD officers during a traffic stop near 6th and Lorena. According to police, the victim was driving a stolen vehicle and armed with a shotgun.

This post was updated on August 11 to reflect the number of fatal officer involved shootings in Boyle Heights.

Boyle Heights Beat

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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