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LAPD officers responded to a radio call claiming “assault with deadly weapon,” and shot De La Torre.
Police Department’s North Hollywood Division responded around 6:45 p.m. Feb. 24 to a call of a man with a gun in the area of Vineland Avenue and Archwood Street. A female 9-1-1 caller reported she had been approached by a man who threatened to kill her and then reached into a bag he was carrying. She said she believed it was to retrieve a gun.
When they arrived, officers found De La Torre standing in lanes of traffic, according to a statement issued by the department afterward. Police instructed him to drop the bag, but De La Torre failed to do so, and officers said he allegedly moved forward, threatening to kill them. He reached into the bag, and officers opened fire.
De La Torre was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was pronounced dead.
LAPD’s Force Investigation Division began an inquiry into the case and reported that no handgun was recovered at the scene.
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