A Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officer was shot in the head during a recent standoff with an armed suspect in Los Angeles, authorities say.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has released harrowing footage of a crisis that unfolded on March 16 as officers confronted a man believed to be under the influence of narcotics at a home in the LAPD Southwest Patrol Division.
The suspect, 36-year-old George Cerda, had already discharged a weapon at the scene when SWAT arrived.
“The SWAT personnel established containment, cleared surrounding residents from the area, and initiated their efforts to establish communication with the suspect,” LAPD explained in a statement. “After the Crisis Negotiation Team declared an impasse, gas was deployed into the home. As this occurred, the suspect fired, striking one SWAT officer twice. The suspect then exited the residence armed with a shotgun resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting.”
“Cerda was struck by gunfire. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and determined Cerda had died at the scene. The officer struck by gunfire was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. A shotgun and pistol were recovered at scene and booked as evidence. No other officers or bystanders were injured during this incident.”
The officer who was struck sustained an injury to his face. Another round was reportedly stopped by his tactical vest.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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