Los Angeles Police Officers encountered a wild scene recently, when a man wielding a machete refused to comply and eventually advanced on officers. Police opened fire after the suspect advanced on their positions. Ultimately, an officers deploys 40mm less lethal rounds to finally subdue the suspect.
LAPD Deploys 40mm Less Lethal Round
The incident begins when officers respond to a disturbance radio call of a “man with a knife.” When officers arrive at the scene, they locate the suspect, later identified at 49-year-old Herbert Vasquez. The suspect holes up in a bedroom and refuses to exit, according to lapdonline.org.
Footage shows officers attempt to de-escalate the situation. However, the suspect continues to hide behind a closed door. Finally, officers open the bedroom door to find Vasquez armed with a machete, advancing on officers. That’s when officers open fire.
Vasquez then flees out of a bedroom window, running through the street and into a 7-Eleven convenience store. Footage shows officers surround Vasquez inside the store, again attempting to talk the suspect down. But again, Vasquez refuses to comply. That’s when officers deploy 40mm shotgun rounds, finally taking Vasquez into custody.
Vasquez visibly showed injuries to both hands following the incident. Police weren’t sure how the suspect sustained the injuries. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Vasquez to a local hospital for treatment, according to lapdonline.org.