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Frank Eric Martinez , 27
La Mirada, California
March 01, 2012

Agencies: Los Angeles Police Department California LAPD

Last updated: about 1 year ago

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Frank Martinez, a 27-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police Thursday, March 1, in the 15500 block of Escalona Road in La Mirada, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Martinez, a documented gang member, was wanted in connection with a double homicide Nov. 30 in East L.A. He had been on the run since the slayings, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

When officers arrived at the La Mirada residence to serve a warrant, Martinez scrambled on to the roof of a nearby home. Three officers and an FBI agent fired after Martinez appeared to reach into his pocket, Smith said. The officers also believed he fired at least one shot.

A murder suspect who was shot and killed March 1 by LAPD officers and an FBI agent in La Mirada didn't have a gun despite police saying he fired at them while on a rooftop, according to authorities Wednesday, LAPD officials said initial reports that Frank Eric Martinez fired on the officers are incorrect and no weapon has been located.

Police and witnesses reported seeing one, and officers thought he had fired at least one shot, Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Associated Press.

"The officers believed that the suspect had a gun hidden in his pocket," Smith said.

Three officers and an FBI agent shot the 27-year-old Martinez.

A press release issued Wednesday by the LAPD now say Martinez simulated having a weapon.