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LAPD Officer Shoots Suspect who Swung 2-by-4

December 03, 2012  | 

A Los Angeles Police officer shot and injured a 19-year-old burglary suspect who swung a 2-by-4 board at officers who confronted him Saturday night.

Officers responded to a retail store in the 10900 block of Victory Boulevard near Vineland Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. They tracked Nathan Melara, 19, to the rear of the store, where they attempted to detain him.

Melara picked up the piece of wood and swung it at the advancing officers. During the arrest, Melara punched one of the officers several times in the head, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Tags: Burglary, LAPD, Use-of-Force Policies


Comments (3)

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S.S @ 12/4/2012 7:15 AM

To bad the s.o.b. didn't die. I hope also that the public realizes that a subject with a 2x4 can kill you. Just as easily as a gun. You get hit on the head and knocked unconcious the shitbag gets your gun and shoots you. So enuf said about that. Hopefully the officer who was assaulted is ok, and good job to the L.A.P.D. officer who shot the shitbag.

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 12/4/2012 2:05 PM

If the story is correct, that's the kind of action needed...

Jim Van Gorder @ 12/5/2012 8:18 AM

Good Job - Don't bring a 2 x 4 to a gunfight.

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