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LAPD Sniper Fired from Helicopter to End Shootout

May 12, 2017  | 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the order to send in snipers to fire on the suspect from a helicopter came from an assistant chief with his blessing. (PhotoL KTLA Screen Shot)
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the order to send in snipers to fire on the suspect from a helicopter came from an assistant chief with his blessing. (PhotoL KTLA Screen Shot)

Los Angeles police fired a rifle from a helicopter during a shootout with a man killed in Sunland earlier this week, marking the first time that specially trained SWAT officers have opened fire from a helicopter hovering over a scene, the LAPD said.

Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that an autopsy would reveal how many times the 29-year-old burglary suspect was struck by gunfire Monday afternoon — and whether it came from officers on the ground or in the helicopter. But, the chief said, it appears he was struck by gunfire from the air.

The decision to bring in officers trained to fire from a helicopter was not taken lightly, Beck said. It requires approval from a high-level officer — in this case, an assistant chief who also discussed it with Beck beforehand, KTLA TV reports.

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kevcopaz @ 5/12/2017 11:20 PM

This illustrates a huge problem with LAPD, micro management and not letting real cops just do the job, but rather managed by a bunch of "used to be", non cops who don't have the nuts to let trained officers make street level decisions.Its not like the shooter was in "Blue Thunder" or something armed with missiles and machine guns for God's sake! What the hell difference is it if a SWAT officer (highly trained) shoots a suspect from a car, a helicopter or a boat for that matter? If the suspect needs to be shot, shoot them! They need an authorization from a Assistant Chief who cant even make that call without his holiness all high Chief Beck? WTF?? Becky's micro managing has ruined a once great department. He is so worried about his own rear end and how things "look" and how they might reflect on him that he has to make front line decisions, too afraid to allow trained experts make simple tactical decisions! What a joke he is, I feel for LAPD while this political hack is in charge.

AZretiredleo @ 5/13/2017 10:29 AM


Beck's not the only political hack who's ruining PDs all over the country. There's a lot to be said about the difference between elected Sheriffs over politically appointed Chiefs.

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