As the song says, it never rains in Southern California. Unless you’re talking about lead. “Eleven Los Angeles police officers fired more than 60 shots, fatally wounding an armed carjacking suspect in Koreatown at the end of a televised slow-speed pursuit on Thursday, police sources said.” The slow parade and shooting were filmed by an LAPD chopper hovering overhead. . .
The officers opened fire after the carjacker pointed a revolver at gas station customers. As you’d expect, the number of rounds fired raised a few eyebrows. From latimes.com:
But sources said the number of officers firing weapons is likely to be a focus of the Los Angeles Police Department investigation into the use of force, which is routine after every officer-involved shooting. In addition to the department’s force investigation division, the district attorney’s officer shooting team and the Police Commission’s inspector general are investigating the shooting, as is standard practice.
A variety of factors will be examined, including whether bystanders or officers were potentially in danger because so many officers were firing weapons, the sources said. The investigation will also evaluate the chase and the large number of patrol cars involved.
But it seems that LA’s finest are more scrupulous about their firearms training than their brothers in, say, New York. Because despite the barrage of bullets, only the suspect was struck and the terrified gas station owner’s car that was less than a foot away was untouched by errant lead. An amazing exhibition of shooting for such a high-stress situation.