Around 1130 pm on Saturday two Los Angeles police officers were inside a patrol car, stopped at a red light, at Victory and Sepulveda Boulevards. When their window was suddenly shattered the officers thought they were being shot at.
“They were approached from the rear by an individual who threw, what we believe to be a 40-ounce beer bottle through the rear view window of the police vehicle with such force that the officers believed they were being fired upon,” the police chief said.
According to KCAL-TV, the officers jumped out of the car and shot and killed the man, who was unarmed.
An LAPD civilian review panel will look into the shooting, along with the district attorney’s office and the Police Commission’s inspector general, the Los Angeles Times reported.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told local media at a briefing on Monday: “The primary thing to look at here is: ‘Were the officers’ perceptions reasonable’…not ‘were they correct,’ but were they reasonable?”
The victim – whose identity has not been released –was a Van Nuys resident in his 40s.
The officers were not injured. They have been taken out of the field, pending the investigation of the shooting.