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Los Angeles, California — On February 9, 2021, around 4:30 p.m., uniformed Southeast Patrol Division officers conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation in the northwest parking lot at Manchester Avenue and Figueroa Street. The body camera footage shows officers talking with the driver, identified as Travis Elster of Compton, who said he was waiting for his mom. The driver officer stopped their patrol vehicle adjacent to the driver’s door of Elster’s vehicle. The officers exited their vehicle and began giving commands to Elster. The driver officer ordered the suspect to turn off the ignition, however, Elster did not comply. Elster accelerated the vehicle towards the partner officer who was standing at the front of the vehicle. The partner officer ordered Elster to stop, however, the suspect continued driving towards him and an Officer-Involved Shooting occurred.
Elster fled the scene in his vehicle and led officers on a brief pursuit to a shopping center parking lot at Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard in the city of Inglewood. Elster exited the vehicle and entered a nearby store. Officers searched the store, however, they were unable to locate Elster. A review of surveillance video showed that Elster changed clothing inside the store and escaped prior to the search. No officers were injured during the incident and Elster was not struck by gunfire. According to LASD’s inmate locator, Elster was apprehended on March 9, denied bail, and moved to the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, where he will await his next court date (which appears to be September 13).
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