LAPD Officers Shoot Man Who Charged at Them While Armed With a Knife

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Los Angeles, California — On July 26, 2021, around 8:50 p.m., LAPD Rampart Patrol Division officers responded to a radio call of a man holding a knife in the area of Union Avenue and Pico Boulevard. As officers arrived, they saw the suspect, later identified as 43-year-old Samuel Soto, holding a knife. Soto was told to drop the knife, however he refused to comply. Soto charged at one of the officers, resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting. Soto was struck by gunfire, fell to the ground, and dropped the knife. Soto stood up and chased officers who were at scene. As additional officers arrived at the location, Soto removed a dark object from his pants pocket.

An officer gave Soto commands to drop the object. Soto refused and an additional Officer-Involved Shooting occurred. Soto was again struck by gunfire and fell to the ground. As officers took Soto into custody, Soto resisted and struggled with officers, resulting in another use of force. Soto was transported by the Los Angeles Fire Department to a local hospital for medical treatment. The knife Soto was armed with was recovered at scene. The object Soto removed from his pants pocket was determined to be a cell phone and was also recovered at scene. No officers were injured during the incident.

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Timestamps:
0:00 – Bodycam: Officer #1
1:44 – Bodycam: Officer #2
2:05 – Bodycam: Officer #3
2:16 – Bodycam: Officer #4

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