(L.A.) Oscar Sanchez, 35, Killed by LAPD

Case Number: 2023-00123

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 35-year-old male of Latin American ethnicity that occurred in a hospital.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Oscar Sanchez.

Manner of Death: Homicide

Cause of Death: Multiple Gunshot Wounds

RIP OSCAR SANCHEZ (August 10, 1987 – January 3, 2023)

The decedent was shot by LAPD.

The LAPD admitted that its officers were involved in three separate incidents on January 2 and January 3 that ended with three men dead. Two were outright shootings (Oscar Sanchez, Takar Smith), one involved taser shots (Keenan Anderson).

Newton Area OIS 1/3/23 (NRF003-23)

LAPD Narrative relased on Jan. 11, 2023:

*The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed*

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Newton Division.

On January 3, 2023, around 5:25 p.m., LAPD Newton Patrol Division officers responded to a radio call of a male who threw an unknown metal object at a passing vehicle. When the driver pulled over and got out of the vehicle, he was confronted by the suspect, who threatened him with a knife.

When officers arrived at scene, the victim directed them to the rear of a nearby vacant/abandoned residence, where the suspect was last seen. The officers ultimately located the suspect standing on the second-story landing of the residence holding what appeared to be a metal pipe. The officers worked to de-escalate the situation with the suspect for several minutes and ordered him to walk down the staircase, however, he refused and stepped inside and closed the door. The officers ultimately formed an arrest team, ascended to the top of the landing, and pushed open the rear door. They were confronted moments later by the suspect, who stepped toward them while holding a two-foot-long metal object with an approximate three-inch spike protruding from one end. An Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) occurred at that point along with a simultaneous deployment of a less-lethal munition. The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported by rescue ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 7:55 p.m.

The suspect has not been identified as of this news release.

No officers, victims, or bystanders were injured during this incident.

The metal object held by the suspect at the time of the OIS was recovered at scene. At this point in the investigation, it appears to be the stem from a motorized scooter with a sharpened implement attached to one end. The suspect was also in possession of a utility-type knife that was also recovered at scene.

LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Pursuant to Assembly Bill 1506, representatives from the California Department of Justice responded to evaluate the circumstances of this incident; however, they ultimately determined it did not meet their criteria.