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!!!!

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.

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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Well, is a NORMAL neighborhood, yes. In THIS ONE, we will see protests, Civilian review boards, City Counsel recalling witnesses (that were NOT THERE but "Heard" about it) and The Corrupted Media making up Bullspit stories to HELP the Gangbangers "Family (which he hardly knew anymore because he was either always is Jail or on the run) Make Millions. And of course the city will PAY hard earned TAX MONEY to his relatives including the 6 kids he had by 5 different females....who are also in GANGS. Yup, THIS is California,,land of Insane people and a few working tax payers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

All valid points and absolutely true.

flybynight
flybynight

Look at the bright side. Out favorite troll lives in this sewer, so not a total loss.

javaguy746
javaguy746

5 minutes? DUDE you're milking it

LEO0301
LEO0301

Well it is California. I almost expect someone who lives in an office decide the officers should have tried to talk the man into giving up his gun before shooting him dead.

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? 😆