Horrifying moment when a police officer is shot in the POINT BLANK range and his partner returns fire in a split second to kill the gangster
- WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
- Los Angeles police publishes shocking video of a suspect who was shot by officers
- Gangster Richard Mendoza, 32, fired both officers at point-blank range
- Mendoza died after being hit multiple times & # 39; in the head and torso by officers
Victoria Bell for Mailonline
Dramatic footage shows a shootout between Los Angeles police and a gang member at point-blank range during a routine traffic stop.
The suspect was fatally wounded after attempting to shoot the officers, wounding one of them.
The Los Angeles Police Department has published graphic images of the incident that occurred in the San Fernando Valley at the end of July.
The recording shows two officers, a man and a woman who have not been identified, who approach a car that carries the gang member Richard Mendoza.
The agent, who works in the gang unit, approaches the right side and talks to the passengers inside the car, as she already knows them.
The male officer on the left says he asks the driver to get out of the car, at which point he does, but pulls out a gun and immediately shoots both officers.
The two officers were conducting routine control when the dramatic incident occurred in the San Fernando Valley at the end of July.
The officer, who is standing on the right side of the car, speaks by phone with the passengers they already know.
The woman falls to the ground when her partner throws fire and fatally wounds Mendoza.
The Los Angeles Times said Mendoza was hit several times in the head and torso and later died in a nearby hospital.
The officer on the left asks the man in the driver's seat to get out of the vehicle and opens the door only to be shot with a gun at point-blank range.
Then he goes to the female agent and points to her. She was treated for a leg injury after being shot and is said to be recovering
The agent was shot in the leg, but now she is said to be recovering.
The report says that the LAPD has been releasing videos of "critical incidents."
"By the grace of God she is alive," LAPD chief Michel Moore told the newspaper. "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.