NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—A Los Angeles police officer fatally shot an allegedly knife-wielding suspect in Northridge and an investigation was underway on Aug. 28.
The shooting occurred about 11:10 a.m. on Aug. 27 in the 18400 block of Malden Street, at Canby Avenue, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Division.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A knife was recovered.
police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Angel Ledesma.
According to police, Mr. Ledesma was allegedly loitering near the front door of a residence in the area, and arriving officers asked where he lived. At that point, Ledesma allegedly ran toward officers while brandishing a knife and pointing the weapon in the officers’ direction, police said.
The officers ordered Mr. Ledesma to drop the knife, but he failed to do so, prompting at least one officer to open fire.
Mr. Ledesma was struck by gunfire, and Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
According to police, the knife was recovered. Police described it as a 2 3/4-inch knife that was in the open position.
No officers or other individuals were injured during the shooting.