Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has released bodycam footage that captured the moment that an armed felon pulled a gun while being chased by police (video below).
The incident occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. on July 26, as uniformed LAPD 77th Division Gang Enforcement Detail officers were providing extra patrols in the Vermont Square Park area as part of a gang suppression effort, the department said in a press release.
During their foot patrol, officers spotted an armed suspect take off on foot towards the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 4700-block of South Budlong Avenue.
Bodycam showed the suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Jarron Edmond, as he ran down a narrow outside corridor.
“Let me see your f--king hands right now!” the officer chasing him ordered. “Get on the ground! Get on the ground, or I’m going to shoot you!”
A second officer radioed for backup and advised they were chasing a “man with a gun,” the video showed.
The convicted felon then “produced a handgun,” at which point the officer fired several rounds, the LAPD said.
Edmond collapsed to the ground at the base of a staircase, and his gun fell onto the pavement beside him, bodycam footage showed.
He then attempted to convince police that he wasn’t the one who left the .38-caliber handgun lying there.
“That wasn’t me!” he told the officers.
Edmond was transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds to his right hand and the right side of his abdomen, KABC reported.
He was later listed in stable condition, according to the LAPD.
Edmond was charged with felon in possession of ammunition and felon in possession of a firearm, KABC reported.
His criminal history included convictions for driving under the influence and possession of narcotics.
The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing, and will be forwarded to the Office of the Inspector General, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Chief of Police to determine whether the officer’s use of deadly force complied with the department’s policies and procedures, according to the LAPD.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will determine whether the officer’s use of force was justified.
You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Edmond in the video below: