Suspect in LAPD Station Shooting Dies: Police

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The man accused of opening fire on officers in the front lobby of the LAPD’s West Traffic Division earlier this month died Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.


Daniel Yealu, suspected of opening fire inside the lobby of an LAPD station, died on April 24, 2014. (Credit: DMV)

Daniel Christoph Yealu, 29, died in the hospital around 2 a.m., Officer Drake Madison of LAPD Media Relations said.

Yealu allegedly walking into the West Traffic Division lobby in Mid-City on the night of April 7, said he had a complaint, and then opened fire on two desk officers, according to police.

An unidentified officer was injured after being shot multiple times, police said.

He and a female desk officer returned fire, critically wounding Yealu, who was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following the shooting, according to police.

Yealu had been charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer.


LAPD investigators remained on scene after the shooting at the West Traffic Division on April 7, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

At one time, Yealu, a Palms-area resident, had applied to work for the LAPD but was rejected, a police commander said.

He held an expired license to work as a security guard and carry a firearm, according to state records.

The officer injured in the shooting was struck by gunfire three times, twice in the shoulder and once in the side, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at the time. One round also hit a backup service weapon in the officer’s pants pocket, according to Beck.

He was treated at a local hospital and released the following night.

The female officer was not injured.

was struck three times, twice in the shoulder and once in the side, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who added that one round also hit a backup service weapon the officer had in his pants pocket.
charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer with gun allegations, according to the Lso Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this report.

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