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Javier Orantez Chavez, 30
Los Angeles, California
April 14, 2007

Agencies: Los Angeles Police Department California LAPD

Last updated: 11 months ago

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A man riding a skateboard fired at two Los Angeles police officers Saturday night, April 14, 2007, after the officers stopped to speak with him.

Both officers returned fire, striking 30-year-old Javier Orantez Chavez, who died at the scene.

The incident occurred in the 3600 block of 30th Street around 8:40 PM.

Police officers Auston Price, 44, and his partner, Joseph Goosby, 29, assigned to Metropolitan Division were patrolling the area due to recent incidents of violence between the Rolling 30's gang and the Black P-Stones gang.

As the officers stopped their police car, Chavez jumped off his skateboard and ran between two houses. The officers followed on foot, but as they turned a corner Chavez fired at them.

After returning fire, the officers approached and found the gunman on the ground with a .357 Magnum revolver lying nearby. Paramedics pronounced Chavez dead at the scene.