Bodycam Footage Shows Officer Shooting Man Who Fled Traffic Stop in Boyle Heights

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Los Angeles police released bodycam video showing an officer shooting and injuring a man who had fled a traffic stop in Boyle Heights last month.

Officers assigned to a gang investigation unit tried to stop a vehicle on June 5 near 150 N. Myers St., an industrial area along the Los Angeles River, police said.

Jose Abel Iribe is seen in this LAPD booking photo.
Jose Abel Iribe is seen in this LAPD booking photo.

A man, later identified as 27-year-old Jose Abel Iribe, fled the vehicle before he was confronted by officers.

Body camera footage shows Iribe tossing a handgun, which fell onto a shipping container and landed on the ground. Iribe is then seen reaching down to grab the gun, at which point an officer opens fire. Iribe then throws the gun over a fence.

Officers continue to demand he get on the ground, but Iribe, who is visibly bleeding, backs toward officers but refuses to get on the ground, saying, “I’m bleeding, man. … I can’t. I’m hurting, dude.”

Officers then repeatedly warn him they will use a Taser on him if he does not get down.

Iribe still does not get on the ground, and after a few minutes, an officer uses a Taser, causing him to fall to the ground.

A police narrator in the video says Iribe is a known gang member with a criminal history of domestic violence.

Iribe was charged on multiple counts, including assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a gun.

No officers were hurt in the incident.

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