LA Police Commission clears 2 LAPD officers in fatal Panorama City shooting

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LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners cleared two officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding domestic violence suspect in Panorama City last year, according to documents released by the commission Thursday.

The commission agreed with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck by a 3-1 vote at its meeting on Tuesday that the shooting was within the department’s policy.

According to Beck’s report on the incident, the officers — who are not identified by name in the report — responded to a domestic violence call at 10 p.m on April 30 of last year in the area of Parthenia Street and Orion Avenue.

The officers entered the residence and found a woman lying on the floor who appeared to have been beaten in the face, the report said.

Both of the officers were wearing live body cameras during the encounter, according the report, which said one of the officers located the suspect, 27-year-old Marion Habana, in another room.

The body camera footage confirmed that Habana charged one of the officers with two knives in his hands, the report said, and the officer who was being charged tried to fire his or her weapon, but it did not discharge, so the other officer shot Habana.

After falling to the ground, Habana refused demands to drop the weapons, and after tying to get up was shot again, the report said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.


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