A dispute between roommates led to a deadly police shooting at an apartment complex in the Hollywood Hills West neighborhood of Los Angeles late Thursday night.
Police received a call about 11 p.m. regarding a tenant dispute at an apartment complex in the 7200 block of Hillside Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Frank Preciado said.
The man who called police told arriving officers he wanted to get some property out of a fourth-floor unit he shared with a roommate. The officers went to the apartment, where they made contact with the roommate, who allegedly had a gun.
“The suspect at some point produces a handgun and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Preciado said.
Multiple officers shot the man inside the apartment complex. The man, described only as a man in his 20s, then went out on a balcony holding an object, Preciado said.
Police again shot at him and the man was killed, Preciado said. As many as eight to 10 officers were involved in the shooting, the sergeant said.
Video captured audio of the shooting. A voice over a loudspeaker can be heard saying "Sir, can you put that gun down?" and within a second, more than two dozen shots ring out.
A witness said he did not see the man holding a firearm on the balcony, but heard the many shots coming from officers.
"The was a spotlight – a searchlight – from a helicopter put onto the balcony. The guy was yelling. I saw no gun – his hands were up in the air," neighbor Mitch Gries said. "Within about a minute, they started shooting. I counted about at least 30 rounds."
About 20 minutes later, Gries said he saw the man slumped over his balcony, and his body was left there for around an hour.
It was unclear if the man had fired at officers during either of the encounters, but Preciado said a handgun was found "within the apartment complex."
The officers at the scene were not equipped with body cameras, the sergeant said.
The roommate who initially called police was cooperating and providing information during the ongoing investigation, Preciado said.