LAPD Releases Body/Car Camera Video of Shooting Between Gang Member and LAPD Officers

September 10, 2018 - 5:17 pm

(KNX 1070) -- The LAPD has released body camera video and car video of a July 27 fatal shootout between a gang member and two officers --  one of whom was wounded.

The video shows a traffic stop involving Richard Mendoza,32 and a female officer who recognized him and asked him if he was still on probation, and if he had anything illegal on him. As he got out of the car Mendoza is seen drawing a gun and firing at both officers.

The audio is from the body camera on the second officer.

From the start to the end of the gunfire, a total of five seconds, and with all the action, the video is just 18 seconds long. 

Bullets from the second officer killed Mendoza.

The female officer was wounded but is recovering.

Even with the video out for public review, the full investigation of the shooting and rulings on whether it was in or out of policy will take several more months to complete.