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Fatal LAPD shooting involved ex-college football player/model

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The man Los Angeles police officers shot in Playa Vista during a scuffle Friday was identified as a former college football player.

Reginald Doucet Jr., 25, played defensive back at El Camino College and Middle Tennessee State University.

According to his Middle Tennessee State biography, Doucet was 6 feet tall and weighed 190 pounds when he played there. Raised in Prunedale, Calif., he was a track and football star at North Monterey County High School, where he also played basketball, his biography says.

Doucet played junior college football at El Camino College near Torrance before winning a scholarship to Middle Tennessee State. Doucet more recently worked as a personal fitness trainer and part-time model, said his neighbor and former agent, Chris Ellison. Doucet was single but has a daughter who is 3 or 4 years old. KTLA-TV (Channel 5) reported Doucet also worked as a model.

The shooting occurred about 3:30 a.m. when two patrol officers responded to a disturbance call in the 5200 block of Crescent Park West and found a naked man "yelling and behaving erratically," according to an LAPD statement.

Police said the officers attempted to calm the agitated man and talked him into putting on his boxer shorts, but he ran when they tried to apprehend him. They approached him again, but he ran once more.

"When the officers tried a third time to detain the suspect in the apartment complex doorway, the suspect immediately attacked both officers," the statement said. "The suspect repeatedly punched both officers in the face and head and at one point tried to take one of the officer's guns."

That's when one of the officers, identified only as a male with 17 months in the department, shot Doucet twice, police said. He died at a hospital.

-- Kim Christensen

Photo: Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith, left, and Officer Tiffany Wright escort a distraught woman who said she knew Reginald Doucet Jr., who was killed by police. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times



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How is it that Southern California police have killed so many rather than wounded them? If we non-professional civilians shoot and killed someone breaking into our homes we'd have hell to pay, but these cops, who are supposed to be TRAINED PROFESSIONALS, can't put a bullet in an arm or leg rather than a torso or head ?
No matter what this guy was up to, killing him should not have been an option.

It is sad indeed that Mr Douchet lost his life.
I am against violence of any kind, but his behavior was the the cause of his death. It appears that Douchet was also under the influence of PCP or other mind bending drugs. when he violently attacked the officers and grabbed the officers gun he left the police no choice but to shoot.We all need to understand that we are responsible for our actions, which paying your cab fare and keeping your dry goods on in public and above dont attack the Police! it is apparent that Douchet was not shooting pool in the real world> I am sorry about the end of Douchets life, but with all of the violence in L.A. and recent attacks on Police Officers he should have known the consequence of striking a cop and then trying to take the officers gun. What did he plan to do with the cops gun? Dont blame the cops.blame the behavior of Douchet for his end.

Well, this is some twisted police work, if it can even be called work.

A Few Weeks AGO a WHITE Male named Arron Tanner from Chatsworth stole a cop care, stabbed his mother multiple times, car-jacked a car with a baby in it and he wasnt shot.

Now we have a Black Male on dope, naked, unarmed and had caused no harm to anyone from what the article says and he was shot by a WHITE cop....


Now i know some may think that i feel this person shouldnt have been shot, in fact thats not what im saying. THEY BOTH SHOULD HAVE BEEN, the problem is, it seems the justice was only handed to the black..

How can this be explained with any form of logic?

Went for one of the cops guns? well thats their side of the story to justify the
fatal shooting isn't it!!!

I am Hispanic and grew up in the ELA area. I never ran around like an animal naked, used drugs, joined a gang, and guess what, never had any negative contact with the police. Stop maiking excuses for this guy, I don't expect the police to wait and see if the suspect was eventually going to realize his wrong doings and calmly surrender. The minute he went for the officers gun, he sealed his own fait. I hope the officers are not seriously injured.

Hopefully that police officer's short career will end...no excuse whatsoever for the shooting, particularly when you have other tools such as a taser/pepper spray to subdue a suspect. Typical LAPD...when will they ever learn? Sounds like a multi-million dollar lawsuit to me...

@Light 2000

good point, you better leave the state until things change, we'll give you a call when it does.....good riddance.


I just looked up the contract LAPD officers have, after 20 year of service they can collect 50 percent of their pay once they reach the age of 50. That's about 35,000 a year in retirement then.... Try to do at least a little bit of research before you speak.

Uh, the dude was most definitely *not* unarmed - he could kill with bare hands. God help you if *you* get attacked by someone like this.

Eh...just a thought:

Rule #1 - Don't fight with the cops.
Rule #2 - See Rule #1

Why do people find this so hard to understand?

This is really unfortunate on both sides. Something to consider: someone could've slipped something in his drink. This doesn't sound like mere drunken behavior. It happened to a friend of mine once after a night of clubbing. Very normal, respectable guy who started acting like he was out of his mind & ended up running from LAPD officers, then climbing onto the roof of a building. They subdued him with rubber bullets. He spent the night in jail, had to pay $10,000 restitution & nearly lost his job. But that's preferable to losing one's life, like this poor young man did.

There is no real answer to what has occurred that night. Opinions are like belly buttons; everyone has one. One thing to say is this: You mess with drugs you are playing Russian Roulette with your life! As for the police, Mr Doucet had eluded them TWICE and on the third time his erratic behavier got the best of him and it was lights out. I'm pretty sure that backup was called and that Doucet was probably cornered but did not want to be contained and decided to make a last ditch effort which determined his fate. You do not know what went on unless you were a fly on the scene

Folks, unless you've ever seen or saw what someone does when they are whacked-out on PCP, please reserve judgment.

Are the only cops who know martial arts on television?

I support the police, too many cops {161} last year killed in lineof duty.

College athlete being violent and got shot....really? Are we suppose to be surprised? These are the "heroes" the American public made out to worship, WAKE UP AMERICA to the truth! Just because they are athletes don't make them any more special than everyone else.

I have known Reggie since elementary school. He was an all-star scholar athlete at our high school and in college. He was also a model, a physical trainer, a huge inspiration and motivator to all who knew him, and generally happy person. Do those really sound like the qualities of a "thug?" He had more going for him than anyone I knew so why would he mess that up? Do you know how many times LAPD have claimed that a suspect tried to make a grab for their weapon? Reggie was a genuine person with a heart of gold and I can almost guarantee that 90% of the "official" story was fabricated... Listen to the radio clips. They told emergency medical response to "take their time." Maybe to buy enough time to come up with a good story? There wasn't even a real story until well after Reggie had been killed. I am appalled with LAPD and all who are buying into this police brutality cover up. Shame on all of you. You make me sick to my stomach.

I cannot and will not ever believe that two policemen could not control a naked man, and it doesn't matter if the officer was Black/White, they both
were wrong! That Police Department has a long histoy of killing and beating Blacks! Look at the R. King's beating and how they lied. I say something need to be done and fast! I feel for Ronald's family. My prayers go out to them and his friends.

@ Dick Bacon & Doyle Dean;
I want to say R.D. had to rights to be where ever he wanted to be and all this mess that he was on PCP, I would like to know were any of you wanna-be so-called- doctors were there and witnessed his action? If not place your mouth, mind and fingers on vacation! We are talking about R.D., not something that happened the day before or week or month or years ago so stop trying to bring up old news. You ppl always are trying to compare something other with something just happened. R.D. parents and family shold not take this likely and should make the force fire that Rookie Cop who did this!

the cops get paid to put there life on the line now it they don't want to do that then get another job when every a cop shoot an unarmed person they should go to jail for the shoot they are trained in the use of firearms and how to take a unarm person down with out pulling their gun

to all you cop lovers you are only hearing one side of the story we will never hear the other side and yes I don't care for cop I think they get away with killing people all the time I rember in the 60 I was at a rally and the cop came up and started to bet people with their night sticks and all we were doing was siting and listing to the speker so don't tell me what cop do and don't do I still have the mark on my head from were they hit me and I'm 58 now

Man what a waste of a young life. Alcohol wastes another life! Drunk, disorderly, violent, officers fear for their lives, this is what happens! Only the fault of this man and his friends who let him leave drunk! We all have been there before, sorry for his loss

Free advice for all of you who don't get it.

If you don't want to be talked to by, arrested by, beaten by, or shot by the police then don't put yourself in that situation.

If Reggie Douche followed this simple rule he would be here today.

I follow this rule everyday, and guess what, It works! I've never been talked to, arrested by, beaten or shot by the cops yet.

The larger story here is that he was so drunk that he felt getting naked and fighting / resisting cops was okay. Young people take note: it's not worth it.

I could believe this was just "self defense" on the part of the Police if I heard just as many stories about how an unarmed white person was shot and killed by Police for "acting" aggressively.

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