The recently launched dashboard and body camera videos show a deadly gun battle between Los Angeles police and a gang member who left an officer wounded and the suspect killed during a routine traffic stop.
The edited recording of the July 27 incident in San Fernando Valley was released Monday by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The filming shows two officers, Miguel Alarcón and his partner, who has not been named to protect his privacy as a victim of a crime, approaching a car carrying the gang member Richard Mendoza in the North Hills neighborhood.
Two LAPD officers performed a routine check when they met in a deadly gunfight with a gangster on July 27
This body camera video shows a female agent asking the suspect about her parole status
Ex-convict Richard Mendoza responds to the officers that are still nine months to go
The officer orders Mendoza to get out of the car and assures him that it is "good"
This is the moment when Mendoza opens fire on the female cop, shooting him in the leg from close range
The agent, who works in the gang unit, approaches the right side and talks to the passenger inside the car.
The agent asks Mendoza how he is and asks if he is still on probation.
According to the police, Mendoza was a known member of the street gang in the city of Vincent who called himself "Biz". His criminal record includes convictions for possession of firearms by an offender and sale of narcotics.
"Nine more months, ma'am," he replies, after which the officers order Mendoza to get out of the vehicle.
You do not have anything about you, right? the officer demands it.
When Mendoza leaves the car slowly, the officer assures him that it is "good".
"I know," he replies, "moments before I point a gun at her and shoot.
The policewoman collapses on the floor with a bullet wound in her left leg and screams in pain.
The camera of Officer Miguel Alarcón's body shows Mendoza grabbing his gun before leaving the car
Alarcón opens fire on the gunman after he was shot at his partner, as seen in this screen shot of his body camera
The officer's board camera offers another view of the shooting on July 27
Mendoza then turns his attention to Alarcón, who manages to duck and return fire, shooting Mendoza several times in the head and torso.
The mortally wounded suspect collapses on the ground, blood seeping from his wounds and accumulating under his body, as the video shows.
Alarcón radios send help, saying: "the officers need help". Shooting. & # 39;
You hear his partner moaning on the floor and telling him that he has been beaten on his left leg. Alarcón comes to inspect his wound and assures him, you'll be fine. I have you. & # 39;
You see Mendoza lying on the ground next to his Nissan Altima after having received several shots
Richard Mendoza was a member of the street gang of the city of Vicente, 32 years old (photographed in his police photo)
This is the .38 caliber gun that says Mendoza used to shoot the officer
The policewoman says her leg is on fire, then tells Alarcon to only get him, talking about Mendoza.
Alarcón's body camera shows him walking towards the shooter lying face down and growling on the ground, and holding his bloodied arms behind his back as a precautionary measure.
He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died after his injuries.
The Alarcon couple was also hospitalized to receive treatment for a broken femur in the left leg. She says she is recovering.
Alarcón's camera captured him coming to his partner's side to check the wound on his leg
Alarcón is seen placing handcuffs on an agonizing Mendoza, with blood staining his arms
"By the grace of God, she is alive," LAPD chief Michel Moore told the LA Times. "Officers are afraid in these situations and the public here can see why.
"Once a person has you in that position, it's very difficult," he said. You can not stop that first or two shots.
Retired LAPD sergeant Mike Sayre told Fox 11 that the video is a good example of how quickly police officers should respond.