A week after Los Angeles police shot and critically wounded an unarmed man whose hands were covered with a cloth, department officials on Friday identified the officer who pulled the trigger.
The LAPD identified Cairo Palacios as the officer who shot Walter William DeLeon, 48, along Los Feliz Boulevard. Police said DeLeon walked “aggressively” toward two officers and pointed his hands at them, leading them to believe he had a gun hidden under the gray cloth.
DeLeon remained in critical condition on Friday.
Palacios previously worked as a sworn public safety officer with the city’s General Services Department, which patrolled parks, libraries and other city-owned properties. That department merged with the LAPD in 2013, part of then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s effort to boost police staffing to the 10,000-officer mark.
Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.