VIDEO: Officers Take Out Gangbanger Who Ambushed Police Car At Stoplight

LAPD officers fatally shot known gang member Roberto Rene Gabriel after he ambushed them at a stoplight.

Los Angeles, CA – Security and bodycam footage captured the moment that a known gang member ambushed uniformed Los Angeles police officers as they pulled up to a red light in the city’s El Sereno neighborhood (video below).

The incident occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Aug. 18 as the officers were working a crime suppression detail near North Lombardy Boulevard and East Alhambra Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in the video release.

As they pulled up at the intersection in their marked patrol SUV, the gunman fired a single round, hitting the driver’s door of their vehicle.

Security footage from nearby cameras showed the suspect as he crossed the street in the crosswalk.

The video showed that the shooter got within feet of the vehicle before he opened fire.

Police said that the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Roberto Rene Gabriel, fled on foot down a nearby alley.

The officers made a U-turn and radioed for additional units to respond to the area as they attempted to cut the suspect off at the end of the alleyway.

“As they reached the intersection of Belleglade Avenue and Alhambra Avenue, the officers observed the suspect on the north sidewalk of Alhambra Avenue,” the LAPD said in the release. “The officers exited their vehicle and the suspect fired at them again.”

When the officers returned fire, the suspect turned around and ran eastbound until he was intercepted by backup officers, who also returned fire.

“The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken into custody,” according to police. “Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedics responded and transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he was treated for a yet undetermined number of gunshot wounds.”

The gunman later died of his wounds.

Officers recovered Gabriel’s 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.

The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting, which is also being monitored by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division and the Office of the Inspector General.

The investigative findings will be reviewed by the inspector general, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the LAPD chief of police to determine “whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD’s policies and procedures,” according to the release.

The district attorney’s office will determine whether or not the officers violated any laws during the altercation with the gunman.

Gabriel had previously been convicted of offenses that included carrying a concealed weapon, vandalism, robbery, possession of an assault weapon, and evading a police officer, according to the LAPD.

Police said he was also a known member of a Los Angeles-based street gang.

Watch footage of the officers’ shootout with Gabriel in the video below (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT):

Comments (88)
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flybynight
flybynight

Hey boogers look!!!! Finally a real ambush!!!!

48 Replies

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

What do you do for a living?

flybynight
flybynight

I'm independently wealthy.

LEO0301
LEO0301

He gets paid to harrass you. Seems like he is doing an amazing job.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

ah, okay. So I was right when I said you probably didn't work. How did you get to independent wealth? Investing? Stock trading? Trust funds from your parents?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

ah, so that $oro$ money he keeps saying everyone else is getting. He's actually been the one getting it?

flybynight
flybynight

👌

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm just asking; you don't find it odd that the wind in his sails died off rather quickly when I started asking what he does for a living? Maybe it's just me that found that odd.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

You're not really independently wealthy, are you? There's no mention or inclination of that from you in any comment, ever. flybynight, don't make me find out what you do for a living, bud!

flybynight
flybynight

Don't tell anyone but I'd do it for free.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Hi_estComnDenomn, Do you ever stop being a douche bag?

flybynight
flybynight

🤑

flybynight
flybynight

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

not to those that deserve it. why?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

do your wife and child(ren) also enjoy a piece of your independent wealth?

Necroignisamoron
Necroignisamoron

What ever your 2 dads want

flybynight
flybynight

👌

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

lol, so no wife or kids, and no independent wealth. What exactly is real about you?

flybynight
flybynight

Funny how "it's" so curious about what I do for a living 🙄like it matters.

flybynight
flybynight

Doesn't seem so.

flybynight
flybynight

👻

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

oh, it does. why are you on this site all day when you have lotto tickets to count out to patrons at 7-11?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

and relax with the namecalling, Yoder.

flybynight
flybynight

🤑👌

LEO0301
LEO0301

" don't make me find out what you do for a living, bud!" I hope you don't plan to dox him, Cameron, that would be illegal. Although that has never deterred you before.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Just you, Cammy.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Don't bother replying to that shithead. Just ignore him. Not worth a second of your time.

flybynight
flybynight

I completely agree but for the record, which shithead are you talking about or maybe just ignore them all and call it a day.

SAAM
SAAM

And film for Basement Bunny!

SAAM
SAAM

The answer is no.

flybynight
flybynight

It's an ambush it's not an ambush. Which is it?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

nope, wasn't an ambush, he walked up to the police car out in the open, he wasn't hiding. There you go @Burgers Allday I did it for you, so you don't even have to say it wasn't an ambush

flybynight
flybynight

I usually rely on Booger's for the ambush/not an ambush thing. /sarc off.

flybynight
flybynight

100% confirmed by Booger's, not an ambush so we can put this puppy to bed. 👍👌👍👌

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

You sound like a broke record idiot. Move out of mom's basement and get your own computer and internet service. I know no one buys Commodore 64s anymore, the computer business is a lie, I'm telling your mom you're a damn bum.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

lol "white power" OK symbol according to highest weed smoker.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I just call trolls like @Hi_estComnDenomn and the other assclowns and tell them fuck off. No point in engaging in real conversation with someone that doesn't really care, only here to talk shit.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Well I stopped replying to HCD, but Boogers is still fiar game.

flybynight
flybynight

Boogers ever respond back?

flybynight
flybynight

Highest weed smoker!! I like that. He must be smoking something that's for sure. It's fun making him blow a fuse.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Not so far!

shooter
shooter

Gang initiation?

JBo
JBo

"...officers were working a crime suppression detail..."

Mission accomplished.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Sounds like the investigation into the shooting should take about five minutes.

antialien
antialien

Gabriel is a punk ass bitch. Good riddance you piece of garbage. You got what you deserve.

NealZ
NealZ

Dead is good, bye bye.

nadkram
nadkram

No lose in my mind.... glad the officers are ok

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

I'll gladly say it again: Good Guys = 1 Bad Guy = 0 the way it should be!!!!!

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

I am glad that the officers are ok. The Gang Banger Gabriel got exactly what he deserved!

Sdbieker
Sdbieker

Yay for the officers glad they are safe!! Another pos dead... keep up the good work LEO👍🙌

Ryerver
Ryerver

I love a happy ending

slom42
slom42

good another scumbag dead

gfc1963
gfc1963

Good job by the cops. Fuck that piece of shit.

Dindu Nuttin
Dindu Nuttin

No First Communion pic ?

NFPD103
NFPD103

Another POS shit off the streets a clean shoot.

NomonK
NomonK

Where are all the cop Haters. You have no response for you hoodie being taken down. Way to go LAPD.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This was not an ambush, as one can clearly see in the frame grab at the top of this post.

MSK
MSK

As I’ve said in the past, the OIS shooting will also be investigated by the kid on the corner selling lemonade, the owner of a canoe rental business in Minnesota and, the Pope himself. And I’m sure they can find another 12 to 20 agencies or people to waste their time investigating what was clearly a more than justifiable use of force. SMFH

MSK
MSK

And another scum Bag getting put in the eternity box.

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

Room temperature challenge achieved...

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

Buggers and lowest are such cowards. They have no real intelligence or life. I'd like to offer a free psychological exam for both . Buggers wouldn't know the difference between an ambush and a rose bush. So sad they two of them couldn't get real jobs like the real hero's here. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY MAN AND WOMAN THAT PUTS ON THE UNIFORM AND LEAVES THEIR FAMILY FOR A TOUR OF SERVE AND PROTECT DUTY.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Gee was he an illegal alien in a sanctuary city????

Saints
Saints

Thanks to the POS!! for pushing the officers, to save tax payers $$$$...

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Not an ambush. Shooter not in a position of cover. No laying in wait either.

maxx1676
maxx1676

There's racial profiling for a reason folks. Acknowledging the problem often results in being called racist.... "for pointing out reality".

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

And now his family are the next contestants of the GHETTO LOTTERY!!! They will sue and say he was a great person and the police should have used pepper spray! This fuckin piece of dog shit got what he deserved! Too bad they didnt put a couple in the back of his head!

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Hey look! Roberto won grand champion in the stupid game he started.

Wish505
Wish505

LOL Pop goes another weasel.

modixie
modixie

Another story with a warm fuzzy ending.

RoyC
RoyC

"The investigative findings will be reviewed by the inspector general, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the LAPD chief of police to determine “whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD’s policies and procedures,” according to the release."

Are you KIDDING me? He tried to make his bones by killing a cop!

Good riddance!

RonzoDad
RonzoDad

“Officers recovered Gabriel’s 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.” Hey guys, have you ever tried proof reading? 😆