Homicide Report: 15 killings last week in L.A. County, two in Compton
Coroner's officials reported 15 killings in Los Angeles County between Jan. 10 and Monday evening, bringing the year-to-date total to 27, according to data collected for The Times' Homicide Report database.
Countywide homicide rates still remain lower than in previous years: There were 28 killings during the same period last year, 36 in 2009 and 40 in 2008.
Killings last week included two shooting deaths in Compton, incidents that took place just days before sheriff's officials touted a dramatic drop in homicides in that city last year.
On Jan. 11, Marcus Walker, 20, was standing near Alondra Boulevard and Aprilia Avenue about 2 p.m. when three men approached him and he was shot in the head and leg.
Sheriff’s homicide Det. Traci Gonzalez, who is handling the case, said Walker was associated with a gang and the assailants are believed to be gang members.
A day after Walker was shot, Leonard Thrower, 18, was killed in the 2000 block of North Santa Fe Avenue. He was shot in the face, torso and arms while standing on a sidewalk about 8:35 p.m.
Two men were shot and killed by law enforcement officials last week.
Nestor Torres, 37, was fatally shot Jan. 11 near Floral Drive and Brannick Avenue in East Los Angeles. He was killed after authorities said he fired a gun at Sheriff's Deputy Mohamed Ahmed, shooting him in the face.
Torres, an East L.A. gang member, was on parole with prior felony convictions for shooting into an inhabited dwelling and possession of a firearm, authorities said.
Three days after the Torres shooting, Los Angeles police shot and killed Reginald Doucet Jr., 25, in Playa Vista.
Two patrol officers responded to a disturbance call about 3:30 a.m. and found a naked man, later identified as Doucet, "yelling and behaving erratically," according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
Police said the officers attempted to calm him down and talked him into putting on his boxer shorts, but he repeatedly ran when they tried to apprehend him. During their third attempt to detain him, Doucet allegedly punched the officers in the face and head "and at one point tried to take one of the officer's guns," according to authorities.
At that point, one of the officers, identified only as a male with 17 months in the department, shot Doucet twice, police said. He later died at a hospital.
The Times' Homicide Report provides an interactive map and database of all homicides in Los Angeles County reported by the coroner since Jan. 1, 2007.
-- Sarah Ardalani
Photo: Nestor Torres. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Map shows all homicides in Los Angeles County for the week ending January 17. Source: Homicide Report