A 16-year-old fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer in South L.A. called 911 himself before the shooting and left his family a “farewell note,” leading investigators to believe he had a “desire to end his own life,” LAPD chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.
Coroner’s officials identified the boy Thursday as Daniel Enrique Perez, an L.A. resident who died at a hospital Sunday evening after he was shot near 45th Street and Ascot Avenue.
Beck said detectives identified Perez through a cellphone he was carrying, which was used to call 911 before the encounter. The caller reported a man with a gun matching Perez’s description, Beck said.
One of Perez’s parents believes it was the teenager on the call, the chief added. The call was placed about 20 minutes before the shooting.
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