Police Shoot And Kill Burglary Suspect In The Hollywood Hills
Police shot and killed a burglary suspect in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday, around 2:15 p.m., a man returned to his condo on the 1800 block of Courtney Terrance to discover the suspect was breaking into his home. The homeowner called 9-1-1 as the suspect fled with several items in his hands. Police established a perimeter in the neighborhood to search for the burglar—neighbors told ABC 7 they saw the suspect running through people's yards as a police chopper warned residents to lock all doors and windows.
LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar says that two officers confronted the suspect around 3:35 p.m. and says he was armed with a handgun. The suspect was shot by police and pronounced dead at the scene, while both LAPD officers were uninjured. The shooting took place only a block away from the home the suspect broke into—according to KCAL 9, investigators think the suspect was trying to hide in the brush instead of trying to flee.
The LAPD has not released any details of the shooting and have not identified the suspect, but witnesses say they heard up to 10 shots fired. Some neighbors recognized the suspect as a local homeless man.
"You just don't think something like that will happen up here," Jeff Fichtner told ABC 7. "It's pretty unfortunate that someone decided to rob a house and risk his life over something like that. It's a shame."