Los Angeles police officials said Friday they would investigate allegations made in a news report that an LAPD officer delayed medical attention for an airport security employee fatally wounded during the shooting at LAX earlier this month.
Police Chief Charlie Beck, however, called the claims in the report “highly speculative,” saying it was too early to draw conclusions about how officers responded to the Nov. 1 shooting.
Authorities have accused Paul Ciancia of targeting agents with the Transportation Security Administration when he allegedly opened fire with an assault rifle in Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport. Ciancia has been charged with fatally shooting TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounding others before being shot by police.
According to an Associated Press report published Friday, a veteran LAPD officer responding to the scene came across Hernandez minutes after he had been shot. Citing an unnamed source, the report claimed that instead of immediately bringing Hernandez to paramedics stationed outside the terminal, the officer “checked on” him several times and declared to others that he was already dead. More than 30 minutes passed before officers from the airport’s own police force brought Hernandez to paramedics, the report said.