A woman wearing a bathrobe was shot to death by Los Angeles police officers last month after she attacked strangers with a 14-inch-long metal rod.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect, identified as Jessica Brown, 33, walking down Reseda Boulevard and Hatteras Street, holding the gun as she struck each victim in the head on July 9.
West Valley Division Patrol officers responded after learning that four people were attacked, each suffering serious head and facial injuries.
When the police arrived, they found Brown near a gas station parking lot at the intersection of Reseda Boulevard and Burbank Boulevard, armed with a metal pipe.
A taser was deployed and a 40mm foam baton was fired as she lunged at the officers, then was struck by gunfire. Brown was transported to a local hospital but pronounced dead there.
West Valley Division II Police Officer Kyle Golveo was the officer involved in the incident, authorities said. It is not clear if Golveo is still running, but the case is under investigation.
The suspect in the July 9 attacks was identified as 33-year-old Jessica Brown.
The suspect is seen walking down the street with a silver metal pipe in her hand.
Brown is seen holding the metal dumbbell in his arm as police try to hold it down.
A day after the unprovoked attack, further investigation revealed that Brown was a suspect in similar incidents that occurred on July 9.
‘A mother and her son were in a parked vehicle when the suspect broke the windows. Two men were also hit yesterday with a similarly described weapon, one in the head and the other in the arm. Both refused medical treatment,” according to the news release.
No officers were injured during the encounter.
Authorities said this is an ongoing investigation, as detectives will review video worn on the body, any surveillance video, and interview witnesses and officers involved.
The department added that facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.
An update on the case was released revealing that the LAPD’s specialized Force Investigative Division responded to the scene, interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by Forensic Science Division personnel, authorities said in a release.
The completed investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD policies and procedures.
It is unclear if the officer will be reprimanded.
The 14-inch silver metal bar used by the suspect in the assaults.
The woman is seen standing at the gas station as officers arrive on scene.
The woman tries to flee before the officers touch her.
The suspect is seen trying to flee, who was caught on surveillance.
LAPD Media Relations Commander Capt. Kelly Muniz provided a briefing to the community on the matter and the officer-involved shooting regarding the West Valley Division in the city located near Los Angeles. .
LAPD Media Relations Commander Capt. Kelly Muniz provided a briefing to the community on the matter and the officer-involved shooting regarding the West Valley division in the city located near Los Angeles.
He cautioned that the video may be sensitive to some viewers, but it was posted so they have a better understanding of what occurred based on what they know at this point.
“LAPD conducts very extensive use-of-force investigations that typically require investigators to interview multiple witnesses, view numerous hours of video footage, and analyze a significant amount of forensic evidence,” he said.
“We are still in the early stages of this investigation, which can often take up to a year to complete and our understanding of the incident may change as this additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed.”
“We also do not draw any conclusions about whether the officers acted in accordance with our policies at law until all the facts are known and the investigation is complete.”
One of the 911 calls came from a woman who witnessed the suspect assault a woman who was walking her dog with the pipe.
The caller was walking to the bus when he saw the attack. She said, in part: ‘She’s walking towards Reseda and Burbank right now. She is wearing gray sweatshirt and sweatpants. It’s like a one piece…like a onesie…she’s walking to Reseda and Burbank right now.’
Additional calls were made regarding other victims who were bleeding and injured from the unprovoked attacks.