Los Angeles Police Department

LAPD releases video of Van Nuys standoff in which officers fatally shot a hostage

LAPD releases video of Van Nuys standoff in which officers fatally shot a hostage

The Los Angeles Police Department had gone 13 years without killing a hostage or a bystander.

Then, on June 16 in Van Nuys, a man in a confrontation with police officers grabbed a bystander and held a knife to her throat. The officers unleashed a barrage of gunfire at the man that also struck the woman, fatally wounding them both.

A month later at a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, a store manager was fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer exchanging gunfire with a suspect.

On Tuesday, at a news conference unveiling dramatic video footage of the Van Nuys shooting, LAPD Chief Michel Moore described changes in tactics and weaponry that may lessen the odds of another...

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