Freeway shooting victim 'wanted to be an LAPD cop,' uncle says
A 19-year-old man killed by LAPD on the 101 Freeway wanted to be a police officer and was driving a former police cruiser during the incident that ended in his shooting, his relatives said Thursday.
Abdul Hohid Arian, who was killed Wednesday night in Woodland Hills after a brief chase when he failed to stop for police, had participated in the LAPD Explorer Program three years ago, said his uncle, Hamed Arian.
“He wanted to be an LAPD cop,” Hamed Arian said, “and the LAPD killed him.”
Police said they noticed Abdul Arian driving erratically shortly before 10 p.m. in the vicinity of Plummer Street and Shirley Avenue in Northridge and tried to pull him over. But he refused to do so, instead taking them on a high-speed pursuit that ended in the shooting on the eastbound freeway at Canoga Avenue.
Ray Karimee, 38, a friend of the family, saw the KTLA-TV helicopter video of the incident and said he interpreted Arian’s gestures with the police as pleading.
“I think he was afraid,” said Karimee.
According to Karimee, Abdul Arian had been stopped by police on numerous occasions for driving a Ford Crown Victoria with white doors. Because it looked like a police vehicle, officers asked him to paint the doors black, which he did.
Arian graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills last year and was attending nearby Pierce College.
Hamed Arian last saw his nephew about 6 p.m. Wednesday as the young man was going to the gym, where he had a trainer and liked to lift weights.
A little after 9 p.m., Hamed was watching television with Abdul’s parents, Shapour and Deena Arian. A high-speed chase was being broadcast, and then there was the news of the shooting.
A little before 10 p.m., police officers came to the Arians’ front door to ask if Abdul lived there. Family members said they said yes, and officers told them to wait for more information.
Shortly afterward, Abdul’s parents and uncle drove to the police cordon at Ventura Boulevard and Canoga Avenue. The officers on the scene were unable to provide details.
According to Hamed, a coroner’s investigator, Mario Fainz, came to the family house at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, and with Abdul’s wallet in hand, was able to confirm the identity of the young man.
Spokesmen for the LAPD and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation.
-- Thomas Curwen and Al Seib