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VIDEO: Machete Wielding Suspect Chasing Cop is Killed in Hollywood

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HOLLYWOOD — There was an officer involved shooting in Hollywood around 11:30am this morning in Hollywood. Nearly the entire later portion of the incident appears to have been captured on witness videos. The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital and one LAPD officer sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

A crime scene was established around Las Palmas and Sunset, just east of Highland. Surrounding streets were closed for an investigation going well into the night. Commanding Officer Steve Laurie of LAPD Hollywood Area told us at 7:26pm that it would be closed quite a while longer.

An LAPD spokesperson confirmed at an afternoon news conference that the incident began at the AutoZone at Fountain and Highland. The initial radio dispatch said that a car battery and jumper cables were robbed from the store at knifepoint. The suspect then moved north to Chick-fil-a where he was said to have carjacked a driver.

That’s where one video picks up the story before a different video captures the end of the incident leading up to the officer involved shooting.

The first video shows the suspect holding a machete, standing near a car in the drive-thru of a Chick-fil-A. When officers approached,  he is seen carjacking someone in the drive through and attempting to drive away from police. A few seconds later, just at the exit, the car crashes into LAPD vehicles and attempts to go around them. The man can then be seen exiting the car and proceeding to run away from officers.

“You see the guy pretty much running with a machete, and as he’s running with the machete he’s pretty much got the cops chasing down,” Clinton Gunnels, who witnessed the incident, told KTLA. “They kind of gave him a second to surrender, but he highjacked a car and then the driver hops out of the car and that’s when he hopped over to the driver’s seat and that’s when he drove off.”

That’s where a second video picks up, showing the incident after numerous additional officers and a helicopter had already arrived on the scene, the suspect is seen charging at an officer on a sidewalk when gunfire can be heard as someone near the camera filming yells “don’t do it!” Six shots can be heard, mostly on the sidewalk.

It is not yet confirmed if those are the gunshots that hit the suspect, or if they were fired by the officer in the video or by other officers on the scene. It would not be unusual for at least one officer to have a “less-lethal” weapon unholstered. An LAPD spokesperson confirmed that such weapons were employed during the incident but it is unclear if those are the shots heard on the video.

An LAPD officer falls to the ground after shooting a machete wielding suspect who continued to chase behind. (see full video embedded from ABC7 reporter)

The video shows the suspect continue to chase the officer into the street and two more shots ring out as the suspect raises the sword as the officer falls to the ground and the video ends. It appears the second video is on the north side of Sunset, across the street from Chick-fil-a.

The incident began at AutoZone on Highland Ave, then moved to Chick-fil-a and finally across the street to the north side of Sunset.

It is quite likely there was a second round of gunfire from police after the video ends with the suspect wielding the machete over the fallen officer on the ground in the middle of the street.

Video from news helicopters over the scene showed a large pool of blood. Reports say that both the suspect and officer were injured, and that the officer’s injuries are not considered serious. ABC7 said a machete was seen in the middle of the street near a pool of blood.

A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson told ABC7 that the wounded suspect was transported to a medical center in unknown condition and that a police officer who suffered injuries that were not life-threatening was being treated at the scene. KTLA quoted police as saying the officer was not shot.

Official statement from LAPD Hollywood:

Earlier today, at approx 11:30am, a Suspect commited a robbery at knife-point at an auto-part store near Sunset Blvd / Highland Ave. The Suspect then carjacked a vehicle in a nearby drive-thru. When confronted by police the Suspect fled, crashing into two LAPD vehicles. After crashing, the Suspect, who was armed with a 1-1.5 ft knife, fled from Officers. Officers gave chase & used less lethal options. Ultimately an Officer Involved Shooting occurred and the Suspect was struck by gunfire. The Suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An LAPD Officer sustained minor injuries to his elbow and knee and was treated at scene. The area of Sunset Blvd between Las Palmas & Cherokee will remain closed as the investigation continues.

Officer and Person Injured in Armed Robbery Investigation @CitizenApp

Fountain Avenue & Highland Ave 11:24:41 AM PST
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Century City Mall Murder Suspect Arrested in Baltimore

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations West Bureau (OWB) Homicide investigators have announced the arrest of a suspect in a murder that took place at the Century City Mall. 

On January 20, 2020, West Los Angeles Division officers responded to a call of a shooting in progress at the Century City Mall. Upon their arrival, officers found a victim down and unresponsive.

Brandon Hinton

The investigation revealed that a fight involving the suspect had occurred outside of a nearby restaurant.  The fight involving the suspect stemmed from another dispute inside of the same restaurant.  During the fight, the suspect armed himself and shot the victim to death.  Investigators from OWB Homicide identified Brandon Hinton as the suspect.  It was determined that Brandon Hinton had fled the area and a murder warrant was issued.

On March 16, 2020, Federal Bureau of Investigations Fugitive Task Force agents in Baltimore, Maryland located and arrested Hinton.

On Friday, April 10, 2020, LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force agents extradited 26-year-old Brandon Hinton to Los Angeles to face murder charges.  Hinton was booked on a four-million-dollar murder warrant and will be arraigned this week.

Anyone with information, including possible additional victims, are urged to call Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations West Bureau homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.  Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.  Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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LAPD Seeks Additional Human Trafficking Victims of Arrested Pimp

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force is seeking additional victims of human trafficking.

On February 3, 2020, Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force arrested Christopher Moss, 33-year-old from Dallas, Texas for Human Trafficking.

In February North Hollywood Area Officers responded to a domestic violence radio call. During the officers investigation it was discovered that the victim had been engaging in commercial sex acts at the demand of her trafficker.


Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force assumed the investigation and immediately went into action and was able to provide the victim with advocate services.

This investigation has lead us to working in collaboration with other cities and states who may have an investigative interest in this case.

As the officers continued the human trafficking investigation it was obvious more victims were involved and needed to be located. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any additional victims. Detectives believe there are additional victims who have not filed police reports.

The above photograph is a tattoo that was branded onto one of the victims. Often times a human trafficker will brand their victims as a sign of ownership in the pimp culture.

The crown represents royalty and when the victim has earned it, the human trafficker will brand them. This specific tattoo also had the letter ‘D’ and inside is the $ symbol.

Christopher Moss moniker is “Daddy Cash” and the ‘D’ represents Daddy and the $ symbol represents cash.

It is important to note that any victim that comes forward, will not be in any kind of trouble. We have resources available to victims that come forward.

Anyone with additional information regarding Christopher Moss, or anyone who may have been a victim are asked to call Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force, Detective Cynthia Gonzales at 818-644-8091.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Emails can be sent to 647tips@lapd.online as well.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Santa Monica Architect Stabbed in Expo Line Altercation

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By Toi Creel

West Los Angeles (SM Mirror) — Four minors have been taken into custody after a Santa Monica man was stabbed in a violent confrontation on the Expo Line in West Los Angeles.

The incident occurred on the Metro E (Expo) Line Tuesday night at around 8:30 PM.

Former Santa Monica Planning Commission Chair Gwynne Pugh says he was riding the E line back to Santa Monica when two teenage couples, two men and two women, got on the train with a shopping cart filled with alcohol.

Witnesses say the teens were loud, appeared to be intoxicated, and when a […]

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