Ruben Walton Ortega, 23

Inglewood, California
July 01, 2008

Agencies: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department California LASD | Inglewood Police Department California

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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Inglewood Police Department officials said officers with a uniformed gang task force received a call that men were loitering. When officers arrived, Ortega ran south in an alley. Officers said they saw him discard what they believe were cash and drugs. One officer chased after Ortega. The officer told investigators that Ortega refused to show his hands and kept his left hand concealed in his waistband, said Sgt. Gabriela Garcia of the Inglewood Police Department.

Multiple investigations were under way today into a fatal officer-involved shooting of a homeless man — the fourth shooting involving Inglewood police officers in as many months, a lieutenant said.

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