VIDEO: Felon Shoots Officer At Point-Blank Range, Gets Destroyed By Partner

Convicted felon and Vincent Town gang member Richard Mendoza shot a Los Angeles police officer during a traffic stop.

Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles police have released harrowing videos that captured the moment a convicted felon opened fire on two officers during a traffic stop (video below).

The incident occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the North Hills neighborhood.

Officers conducted an investigative stop on a vehicle being driven by 32-year-old Richard Mendoza, police said in a video release.

Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Group Commander Alan Hamilton said that one of the officers recognized Mendoza from a previous incident.

Mendoza, a member of the Vincent Town gang who went by the moniker of Biz, had previously been convicted of narcotics sales and possession of a firearm by a felon, police said.

Dashcam and bodycam footage from both officers showed them as they approached Mendozas vehicle on opposite sides and carried on a brief, but cordial conversation with him.

A male officer, who was standing outside Mendozas passenger window, instructed him to shut off his vehicle, while a female officer on the drivers side greeted him and inquired about his federal probation status.

Nine more months, and I discharge, Mendoza replied.

Okay, Im going to have you step out of the vehicle, the female officer told him. You dont have anything on you, right?

Mendoza held up a blue bandana and a cell phone, then dropped them onto his passenger seat.

He kept his hands raised as the female officer opened his door.

Youre good, she told him.

But as he stepped out of the vehicle with his left foot, Mendoza swiftly drew a gun from his waistband with his right hand a split-second movement that could only be seen from the perspective of the male officers bodycam.

By the time Mendozas right foot hit the ground, he was firing a round at the female officer, dashcam footage showed.

She fell backwards onto the ground as Mendoza immediately pivoted and fired at the second officer over the roof of his car.

The male officer returned fire, dropping Mendoza to the ground in a crumpled heap.

Officers need help! Shots fired, he radioed, as he covered the gunman and rushed to the aid of his partner. Whered you get hit?

In my left leg, she replied. Oh my god its burning.Just get him!

After calling an ambulance for his partner, the male officer moved towards Mendoza and placed his blood-soaked arms into handcuffs.

F--k you, the officer muttered, before he rushed back to his injured partner.

Investigators later recovered a .380 caliber handgun near Mendozas body, the department said in a news release.

The female officer and Mendoza were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their gunshot wounds.

Mendoza was hit multiple times in the head and torso, and was later pronounced dead.

The officers wound was not life-threatening, the department said in a news release.

The incident remains under investigation, and could take up to a year to complete, Officer Rubenstein explained.

The findings of the investigation will also be reviewed by the chief of police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General in order to determine whether the officer was justified in using deadly force against Mendoza, Officer Rubenstein added.

You can watch bodycam and dashcam footage of the shootout in the video below:

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BlueJDN
BlueJDN

The one thing I'm puzzled about is why the officer took that final shot. But the video is so jittery, it's hard to tell if the suspect is still aiming his weapon or reaching for it, or whatever. I'm just hoping it's a legit reason so the SJW's can't use it to tear into him.

angeleyes
angeleyes

one more POS thug off the streets. TG. Hope the officer is ok soon. Don't understand why it could take up to a year to finish this type of investigation of a righteous shooting. I would think the final shot was to make sure thug was dead and couldn't come up behind him while he saw to his partner. This is why they are brothers in blue, they are partners and watch each others' backs to make sure they all go home to their families. if that other officer hadn't been there, she would be dead. i'm sure the thug would have killed her as she lay on the ground. Stay strong, stay safe.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

See if this was a justified shooting, are you kidding me! How could it be anything but justified, this idiot pulled a gun and shot at both of them. Idiot admin's.

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

I could see there being a lengthy investigation if the incident wasnt clearly caught from start to finish on THREE FUCKING CAMERAS. Pretty open and shut case to me.

DiGiordano
DiGiordano

“The findings of the investigation will also be reviewed by the chief of police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General in order to determine whether the officer was justified in using deadly force against Mendoza, Officer Rubenstein added.”

Whether it was justified? Are you f’ing kidding me? Is this what California has come to that an officer who has been shot it has to justify the shooting? I can’t wait to move out of this ridiculous state.

VWells
VWells

God bless less our women and men in Blue🇺🇸🇺🇸👮👮

blueboy63
blueboy63

Why anyone would want to be a Police Officer in California is way beyond my imagination. This is one fucked up state as well as the politicians who run it. Justified? Are you serious?

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The investigation will take up to a year??!?! They need some better investigators. It took me only seconds to watch the video and know it was justified.

Voice88
Voice88

Why do I have a feelingredients that the next post about this issue will read... Officer under investigation for excessive force, Judge FEELS that the officer did not exercise all efforts to take the subject into custody safely.

You all know I'm not the only one expecting that to be the outcome. Good job officer, you did very well.

Michael A
Michael A

Police are dodging bullets !! It was nessary !!!

jericho777
jericho777

Nice shooting Officer...

jericho777
jericho777

Praying for the Officers speedy recovery.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Considering that maggot's prior history, and the fact that he fired first ?? Justified is an understatement ! Good job Officer !

NeverTrump70
NeverTrump70

I totally believe the shooting was justified. Unfortunately the police officer may be on a slippery slope for the execution shot and the f*ck you as he made himself judge, jury and executioner when he came to the driver side of the car. As we can't put ourselves in that officers shoes at that moment, where he may have felt like his life was in danger, it will be up to the investigators if his actions after the officer downed the suspect and was able to see both hands as he was in a prone position and clearly incapacitated. Again, his actions were totally justified and I applaud the officer until he came to the driver side. The kill shot may come back to haunt him, but not likely. The percentage of officers that escape prosecutions is high.

shooter
shooter

From the passenger officer's perspective, he had no idea if the suspect was down, or just hiding. When he got to the other side of the car, his trigger finger was probably already pulling back on the trigger -- any perceived movement whatsoever would have been interpreted as a threat that needed to be neutralized, quickly.

People forget that cops are human, that they have milliseconds to assess the situation and effectively respond defensively, and that action on the part of the bad guy is faster than their reaction to it.

Some of you, sitting safely behind your computers with the benefit of no stress, have the luxury of second-guessing while examining the video from all angles over and over again, then some of you have the gall and audacity to pass judgment on the officer. How DARE you?

If you haters think you can do better, then go pin a badge on and work the mean streets a while...then, come back and tell us how brave you were and how you always made the right decisions in those milliseconds.

No?

Then STFU, cowards.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another idiot gets his self shot. GO BLUE!👍

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

Hoping every gang-banger meets this same end! Good work, officers!

1quickdraw
1quickdraw

Sheepdog! Righteous shooting! Prayers for the wounded officer.

Breye7x
Breye7x

"The findings of the investigation will also be reviewed by the chief of police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General in order to determine whether the officer was justified in using deadly force against Mendoza, Officer Rubenstein added."

Justified? Are you FUCKING KIDDING?? He shot her at POINT BLANK RANGE.

Naa, you get a Dirt Nap to ETERNITY you Miscreant Piece of SHIT. FUCK YOU!!!

If you disagree that Mendoza didn't get what he deserved for trying to kill both of these Officers, then YOU are part of the problem in this county.

#BlueLivesMatter

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

One look and it definitely was justified...This is why police are cautious when they approach a driver they've stopped and why I always take out my driver's license and my insurance the minute i am stopped and hold them up and give them to the officer when I am pulled over....They know I will not be a problem!!!!

suzieb
suzieb

Its amazing how police officers go back out on the job day after day knowing the evil that exists out there. I'm eternally grateful for each and every law enforcement and prayers go up to you all. Thank you for your service.

Hi_estCommDenomn
Hi_estCommDenomn

This is why I challenge anyone that constantly questions police and how they use force to sign up for a ride along if your department has a program, you'll spend the entire weekend shitting your pants and gain a whole new respect for law enforcement officers.

Brandon53
Brandon53

Clean shoot.

Back The Blue
Back The Blue

Why I am NOT racist, but pro cop. No one needs to die at the hands of an officer! Based on this video alone, stick your BLM up your ASS!!!

AMCO
AMCO

I do have one criticism for her partner, it appears to me he stopped looking at the guy as the guy got out of the car. He wasn't as vigilant as he could have been. Thank God he is fast on the draw or he would have taken the head shot.

Jackie Primrose
Jackie Primrose

Clean shoot

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Why a year to complete the investigation? Looks straight up officer at fault. Just kidding. Great job officers

onecaster2
onecaster2

Shot that beaner...good for him. Shoot all them gang members...

The Nuclear Cowboy
The Nuclear Cowboy

What's to investigate, it's all right there on the video? That waste of skin shot first and got what was coming to him.

LawAbidingCitizen
LawAbidingCitizen

So... they know this is a gang member, known to carry a gun. And she talks to him like he's her kid's kindergarten teacher... Then she gets shot IN THE LEG and screams like a little girl instead of pulling her gun and joining in the gunfight... Thank God her MALE partner was there.

Skidoo
Skidoo

I liked the last shot the best.

usac95
usac95

Great shots by that officer look at the money he saved the tax pay

Janken
Janken

There it is black and white. The asshole was no good. Should be no INVESTIGATION

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Egailpd said --"I am a woman. I agree with you 100%. I think woman are suitable for some job, but not others. Why do woman want to convince the world they are as capable as men and risk everyone’s life in doing so?"

Women all throughout this world are making your mindset a thing of the distant past. How do you not see that? There are myriad examples of women's success stories which occur literally on a daily basis. For you to second guess this officer's actions and then make such a broad sweeping judgement call and generalization about women and that you know better ...you ought to be ashamed of yourself and your own intelligence level. Respectfully M'aam, .....wake up as it is now 2019 not 1919.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

This is why Officers can NOT afford to be NICE during a Traffic Stop. She was way too relaxed. sadly

Deadrock
Deadrock

Officers are trained to shoot until the shooter is neutralized, he may have still had his hand on or near the gun. That final shot made sure of that. Good shoot as far as I can see. I would have done the same thing.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Yea lets just open the borders and let more POS gang members in. A year-long investigation? It's gotten to where the police go through more than the suspect.

bluerudithor
bluerudithor

"Justified"????? Seems to me, the cop did his job, and that's 'justifiable' enough! Hope the punk Mendoza gets his 9 more months in HELL!

Bobbie58
Bobbie58

Pos probably doesnt even belong here good job partner !

Ragman69
Ragman69

Gangsta level.....weak.

Hannibal
Hannibal

That cop is a bad ass.

Torn-n2
Torn-n2

Just watched this again...of course he shot once more...he came around the car trying to 417 the guy and the second he sees him again he fires...the very second he sees him again! Its not like he had time to know if the guy was still moving or not...good job, good shoot

Mike bass
Mike bass

Well the liberal California judge released yet ANOTHER GANG MEMBER FELON, and except for the officer being shot...TRUE JUSTICE PREVAILED ONE LESS POS GANG BANGER

Janken
Janken

If cops were using deadly force? I sure hope to god they keep using it. This punk should have died long time ago