SHOCKING VIDEO: Cop Survives Dramatic Shooting
Our latest Critical Incident Video is from an Officer-Involved Shooting that occurred on July 27, in which an LAPD Officer was shot at point-blank range during a traffic stop. The officer survived & the suspect died from gunshots. Link to entire video ➡️ https://t.co/AiIE7p28Ac pic.twitter.com/h4alCk6Lzf— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 10, 2018
The Los Angeles Police Department has released dashcam video of a routine traffic stop that turned deadly. (Fox News)
The police officers seen in the video were not identified and the events leading up to the shooting appeared routine. The female officer-- who approached from the drivers' side-- worked in the gang unit and apparently knew the suspect.
The officer asked the driver to exit the car, at which point he could be seen pulling out a .380-caliber handgun and firing just inches from the officer. She could be seen falling to the ground and her partner-- who was at the passengers’ side-- returns fire, mortally wounding gang member Richard Mendoza, 32, according to Fox 11.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Mendoza was hit multiple times in his head a torso and died later at a nearby hospital.
The shooting occurred in Mission Hills in the San Fernando Valley at about 10:15 p.m., the report said. The female officer was hit in the leg. She is recovering, police said.
A retired police sergeant explained to Fox's Los Angeles affiliate how fast police officers have to respond to emerging threats, "So, that means you have to be able to identify a problem, react to it and neutralize it within 3 seconds. That’s quick."