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32-year-old Richard Mendoza, was pulled over for an "investigative stop" in the 9400 block of Noble Avenue on the night of July 27, according to police. He was pulled over after one of the officers recognized him "from a previous police contact," said LAPD Commander Alan S. Hamilton, who leads the department's Force Investigation Group, in the edited video.
Police did not immediately released other details about why Mendoza was stopped, only saying he was a documented gang member with prior convictions for narcotics sales and possession of a firearm by a felon.
LAPD has released partial body cam footage from the two officers involved and video taken from inside the patrol vehicle — all showing an encounter that started off relatively quiet before quickly turning bloody. A female officer's leg was injured with a gunshot wound while Mendoza was treated for wounds and later pronounced dead, officials state in the video.