Man is shot dead by cops on Hollywood Walk of Fame after pointing what turned out to be a replica gun at officers during tense stand-off
- Police in Los Angeles respond to call of man brandishing a gun on Hollywood Boulevard
- Officers open fire after the man points what appears to be a weapon at them
- Investigation reveals unidentified man was holding a replica gun and a knife
- A woman near the scene was injured
- Tourist site was closed for several hours as police conducted an investigation
A man was shot and killed by Los Angeles police officers in front of horrified bystanders on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday after he pointed a replica gun at them.
The Los Angeles Police Department said officers were called to the scene at around 11.20am amid reports of an unidentified man with a gun near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
When police arrived, the man, in his 40s or 50s, pointed what was later revealed to be a replica gun at the officers, who opened fire.
A woman who was near the scene was also injured and taken to the hospital, the LAPD said, but it is not clear how she was wounded.
Dramatic pictures released by LAPD show the tense stand-off before cops opened fire in front of a McDonald’s on the south side of Hollywood Boulevard next to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. Cops say the man was carrying a knife and a replica gun.
The shooting caused chaos on the busy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard with people ‘scrambling’ to get away from the scene and ‘kids crying and moms trying to get out of there and tourists confused’, the LA Times reports.
Officers responded to a call of a man with a gun Thursday morning near the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The officers’ body cameras revealed that the man pointed what appeared to be a gun at the officers, who opened fire. The man died later in a nearby hospital
Officers found that the man was using a replica gun. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is investigating the incident
The man was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
It was not immediately clear how the woman’s injury was sustained, or whether it was a result of gunfire, the Los Angeles Times reports. No officers were injured in the confrontation.
Photos of the incident revealed that the man was also carrying a knife.
Det. Meghan Aguilar, a LAPD spokeswoman, said officers had earlier received multiple calls about a man armed with a handgun.
‘Some of the comments from those calls indicated he pointed a gun at somebody,’ Aguilar said.
‘Exactly what the suspect did with that handgun that led the officers to fire at him will be determined through watching body-worn video and interviewing the officers and the multiple witnesses that were here for the shooting,’ she added.
Along with the fake firearm, the man was found to have been holding a knife. Detectives are interviewing witnesses who may have been assaulted by the suspect
A portion of the famous Hollywood Boulevard was closed off to help detectives investigate the crime. Nearby businesses were also closed
A witness told NBC4 Los Angeles that he heard shots and saw the aftermath.
‘We thought they were fireworks but then people started running around,’ Carlos Monroy said. ‘Police was arriving in many, many police cars and then they started working on a person who was on the floor.
‘The police were parked… in the middle of the street and then they just started running around back and forth then trying to help whoever was laying there.’
A stretch of Hollywood Boulevard was closed for hours following the incident, Fox News reported.
Detectives in the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division are interviewing witnesses and people who may be the victims of assaults by the suspect.
They FID are always called to investigate police shootings.