Update: Police say the victim was a Playa Vista resident -- black, in his 30s, about 6 feet tall and 180-200 pounds. He has been identified, but notification of relatives is still pending. The man had just taken a cab home from Hollywood when he was killed.Originally posted at 8:43 a.m.
After L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy-in-training Mohammed Ahmed was shot in the face on Tuesday night, law enforcers seem to be feeling extremely jittery, on-edge.
Whether that's to the point of blunder has yet to be seen -- but one more Angeleno is dead this morning in Playa Vista, just two days after Ahmed's critical struggle with East L.A. gang member Nestor Torres, who was also killed.
LAPD officers screeched up to the scene a little past 3 a.m. (just after the bars let out), responding to a "disturbing the peace" call outside what news reports are calling an "upscale beach condominium" on the 5600 block of Crescent Park West in Playa Vista -- a small, affluent community just below Venice Beach and Marina Del Rey. According to KTLA, the now-dead man was fighting with a taxi driver who had driven him there. He then stripped down to boxers when police arrived and tried to detain him.
The man, who apparently took a taxi to the location, began stripping off his clothing and running around naked.
A witness said she heard screaming and commotion outside her window as police chased after the naked suspect. At some point, the suspect put on boxers.
Playa Vista resident Monica Vogelbacher told a news crew: "I heard them try to detain him and he would not comply and there was a fight, a physical fight, and then I heard two shots."
There is no evidence, so far, that the man was carrying a gun. However, two officers from the LAPD's Pacific Division are currently in the hospital with injuries from their struggle with the unidentified victim.
The suspect was pronounced dead immediately after arriving to a nearby hospital.
Another sign of the tense atmosphere: Two more West Traffic Division police officers, who were rushing to the Playa Vista scene, crashed their patrol car at about 3:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of Centinela Avenue.
So firefighters then rushed to that scene, prying the LAPD officers out of the car and sending them to the hospital in ambulances.
All four officers -- the ones who killed the naked man and the ones who crashed while speeding over for backup -- are in stable condition. We'll keep you updated on their status and the identity of the civilian victim.
The CBS2 report:
Some more details from the Los Angeles Times:
Two officers responded to a disturbance in the 5200 block of Crescent Park about 3:30 a.m. and were confronted by the man, who was not wearing any clothes and was yelling at officers, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith.
The officers calmed the man down and talked him into putting on his boxers, but he ran away when they attempted to apprehend him. A scuffle ensued and one of the officers shot the man twice, Smith said.