The authorities in California released dramatic footage that shows an LAPD officer shot at point-blank range during a traffic stop.
The Los Angeles Police department on Monday released graphic video footage of the July 28 shooting that took place during a routine traffic stop that resulted in the injury of an officer and the death of the suspect.
The police in the video were not identified and the events leading up to the shooting proved to be routine. The female officer– who approached from the driver’s side, which worked in the gang unit, and apparently knew the suspect.
The officer asked the driver to exit the car, after which he could be seen pulling out a .380-caliber gun and firing a few inches of the officer. They can be seen falling to the ground and her partner-who on the passengers side, that gives fire, mortally wounding a member of the gang, Richard Mendoza, 32, according to Fox 11.
Our last Critical Incidents Video of an Officer-Involved Shooting that took place on 27 July, in which a LAPD Officer was shot at point-blank range during a traffic stop. The officer survived and the suspect died from gunshots. Link to the whole video ➡️ https://t.co/AiIE7p28Ac pic.twitter.com/h4alCk6Lzf
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 10, 2018
The Los Angeles Times reported that Mendoza was hit multiple times on his head, a torso, and later died in a nearby hospital.
The shooting occurred in Mission Hills in the San Fernando Valley around 10:15 pm, the report said. The female officer was hit in the leg. She is recovering, police said.
The report said that the LAPD is as you videos of “critical incidents.”
“By the grace of God she is alive,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the newspaper. “Officials are afraid in these situations, and the audience here will get to see why.
“Once a person has you in that position is very difficult,” he said. “You can’t stop that first one or two photos.”
Retired POLICE Sergeant Mike Sayre told Fox 11 that the video is a good example of how quickly the police respond.
“So that means you should be able to identify a problem, to react and neutralize within 3 seconds. That is fast.”
Edmund Initiative is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.