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Federal Protective Service statement on gunshot at pro-Israel rally

by Jacqueline Yost, FPS Spokesperson

2 weeks ago

<em>The pro-Palestinian counter-demonstrators who were involved in an altercation with pro-Israel demonstrators were seen leaving the July 13 demonstration in this silver pickup truck. The federal officer at the rear of the truck, seen here with one hand on the truck and the other on his holster, allegedly fired one round when the truck pulled away heading east on Wilshire Boulevard. Photo by Edmon J. Rodman</em>

The pro-Palestinian counter-demonstrators who were involved in an altercation with pro-Israel demonstrators were seen leaving the July 13 demonstration in this silver pickup truck. The federal officer at the rear of the truck, seen here with one hand on the truck and the other on his holster, allegedly fired one round when the truck pulled away heading east on Wilshire Boulevard. Photo by Edmon J. Rodman

STATEMENT:

On July 13, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) were on-site at the Wilshire Federal building where there was a demonstration of approximately 1,800 protestors.

At approximately 5:20 p.m., FPS requested an ambulance for a female who was injured after allegedly being assaulted by four males. An FPS law enforcement officer on-site attempted to stop the four male suspects who were attempting to flee the scene in a vehicle, and discharged one round from his service weapon. Subsequently, LAPD officers were able to stop the vehicle and detained the four male subjects. No injuries were reported and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

MORE DETAILS:

The FPS law enforcement officer who fired his service weapon has agreed to provide a voluntary statement to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office in the presence of his Union Representative. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has taken custody of the firearm as evidence.

In accordance with FPS policy whenever a weapon is discharged, the FPS law enforcement officer has been placed on paid Administrative Leave.  FPS will conduct a Use of Force review upon completion of investigations by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office and National Protection & Programs Office – Office of Compliance and Security.

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