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LAPD officer fatally shoots man in Playa Vista

January 14, 2011 |  8:11 am

> A  man who had been yelling incoherently while naked in a Playa Vista street was shot and killed early Friday by a Los Angeles Police Department officer following a scuffle.


Ois3 Two officers responded to a disturbance in the 5200 block of Crescent Park about 3:30 a.m. and were confronted by the man, who was not wearing any clothes and was yelling at officers, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

The officers calmed the man down and talked him into putting on his boxers, but he ran away  when they attempted to apprehend him. A scuffle ensued and one of the officers shot the man twice, Smith said.

The man was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead soon after.

The officers suffered minor injuries, said Officer Cleon Joseph, a police spokesman.

Monica Vogblacher, 51, who lives on the street where the shooting occurred, said she could hear the man yelling at the officers to “go home.” After several minutes of shouting back and forth, she heard a struggle and finally two gunshots.

Two other officers responding to the shooting were involved in a traffic accident in the 4200 block of Centinela Avenue. They were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Joseph said.


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Top photo: LAPD detectives investigate an officer-involved shooting in Playa Vista. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Bottom photo: Two police officers responding to the shooting crashed in the 4200 block of Centinela Avenue. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times