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Posing as Cops, Suspects Shoot and Kill Sherman Oaks Pot Dealer

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Thursday night just before 6, alleged marijuana dealer Brian Thomas Caufield was shot and killed inside his apartment near the 5100 block of Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks. The suspects posed as police officers in order to gain entry into the home, reports the Daily News. Caufield, 31, was on the phone with his mother when they entered his residence.Initially fearing he was being arrested, Caufield apparently told the suspects "I'm not resisting. I'm not resisting." They instructed him to open his safe, and "after a struggle [he] was shot and killed." According to Caufield's girlfriend, his mother heard the entire incident via the phone. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

Early investigation determined that Caufield sold pot out of his home, and also worked as a DJ. He shared the apartment with his girlfriend and another roommate; the girlfriend was out, but the suspects "handcuffed Caufield's roommate." The LAPD believe the suspects had purchased marijuana from Caufield in the past, and were let in the building after "at least two of them identified themselves as police officers." Video surveillance shows three suspects fleeing the apartment complex on foot. After speaking with the building manager, the LAPD learned that Caufield, his girlfriend, and their roommate had been approved to move into a new place in Studio City and were preparing to move out.
The three suspects were captured on video surveillance camera running on foot from the complex.

Police later found "an undisclosed amount of marijuana and cash," on the premises as part of their investigation.

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Neighbors remembered Caufield as a nice man, describing him as "sweet," "hard-working," "harmless," and a "chunky baby." They did not know he dealt drugs, and were also surprised at the violence in what is generally a safe area.

The LAPD is looking for help with any leads on who the three suspects are.