Man Shot to Death in Lake Balboa Park After Witnesses Recall Hearing Arguing Followed By Gunshots: LAPD

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Detectives are searching for answers after a homeless man was shot and killed Tuesday at Lake Balboa Park, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers responded to Lake Balboa Park in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a person shot, according to the news release.

When they arrived, they found 35-year-old Bryan Woodson suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso. Woodson was a “transient who slept in the park,” according to police.

Bryan Woodson is shown holding his daughter in December 2019 in a photo provided by his fiancee.
Bryan Woodson is shown holding his daughter in December 2019 in a photo provided by his fiancee.

Paramedics attempted to save Woodson’s life, but he eventually succumbed to his injury and died at the scene.

Witnesses told officers they heard arguing between the victim and an unknown male before they heard gunshots, according to the news release.

No arrests have been made and anyone with information about this incident can call 818-374-9550 or 800-222-8477.

Editor’s note: Woodson’s fiancee Mika Cooper contacted KTLA after this story was published to say that Woodson was not homeless at the time of his death and had been living in a nearby sober living facility after experiencing homelessness in the past. He had gone to the park to search for Cooper’s engagement ring, which he had dropped while visiting friends, she said. 

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