LAPD Changes Story To Say Shot Officer Wasn’t Wearing Bulletproof Vest

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Word that an officer had been struck by gunfire triggered a massive police response in south Los Angeles last week, but now the LAPD is saying much of what they initially reported about the police-involved shooting did not happen the way they said.

KCAL9 has confirmed that LAPD senior commanders are reviewing all procedures for sharing breaking news with the media and the public after officials announced a major turnaround about what really happened last Thursday.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports.

It was then that police said an officer was shot multiple times after he and his partner stopped a group of men on the street for questioning. Police said the officers were in a patrol car, and the gunman was shot and arrested on the scene. The wounded officer was said to be wearing a protective vest, and that the vest saved his life.

Even the doctor who treated the officer praised the vest.

Now, KCAL 9has confirmed that many of those details are not accurate.

LAPD officials are now saying the officers in question were in an unmarked police car and were not wearing bulletproof vests. The suspect opened fire on the officers before the officers ever got out of the car, and the wounded officer was not shot in the chest. His chest was bruised, but no one can say for sure just yet how it was bruised.

The LAPD said no suspect was shot on the scene, and KCAL 9 confirmed the man detained on the scene was a transient who had nothing to do with the crime.

Officials admit information was confused and rumors flew that day. They blame the problem on the massive police response and that commanders on the scene had difficulty getting information.

Police on Wednesday arrested 25-year-old Darvin Cook, who is accused of opening fire at the officers last week as they got out of their patrol car. Another suspect is still believed to be at large.

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  • Mark Graff

    Not the 1st time the LAPD got their story wrong………

  • fullerton p.d.

    you crooks needs to get a better gun.

  • Jeff

    The LAPD are trained to say whatever makes the suspect look the worst. The truth has nothing to do with it.

  • ???

    yeah, sometimes the police come off looking a little shady…

  • The Cryptojournalist

    So the LAPD is literally bulletproof?

    Has to be a corruption joke somewhere in that statement

  • Robert S.

    “Freedom of information act” only works when the truth is told, and my friend, You will never know what really happened, as it usually is.

  • ES

    Nothing unsual here. Another day, another black eye for LAPD.

  • Beverly Hills

    LAPD….a joke….always was…..always is…..always will be……

  • Rodney Hansen

    Sounds like the police were nothing more than an uncontrolled mob….The LAPD said as much. When the commaders can’t control the troops something is seriously wrong.

  • Sydney Portis

    Doesn’t surprise me. LAPD always lies and cover ups.

  • citizen


  • Igor Doublebubblevich.

    The LAUSD officer lied costing the city $400k , now this, what is going on with therse cops, incidentally, New Mexico had one having sex on his patrol car on duty, nothing happened to him.

  • ArnoldMK

    Chief Beck at his best, unbelievable how the LAPD is the self proclaimed best department in America, and still this stuff happens countless times to them. Police departments altogether are slowely going down the dumps. This case like the LAUSD cop, what story is going to be trusted, that officer could of lagitamently been shot by a crazy, but since LAPD cant figure out what happened, they turned it all around and more then likely pressured him into saying he lied. Were these cops actually shot by a gang member, doubt it, all a set up for money. Look at San Diego, Fullerton, all with numerous black eyes, and still they want the publics respect.

  • Jeff

    The LAPD is the most dangerous gang in this city.

  • The Big Logic

    Nigra love to shoot at cops! It’s the highest form of rebellion in their quest against authority, and order.

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