Off-Duty LAPD Officer Fires Gun During Confrontation With Teens

ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Two Orange County teens were arrested for their alleged role in a physical confrontation with an off-duty LAPD officer that resulted in the officer firing his weapon, police said Wednesday.

While nobody was struck by the gunfire, the Anaheim Police Department Homicide Detail is investigating the incident that occurred Euclid Street and Palais Road around 2:40 pm. Tuesday in an apparent fight between the unidentified officer while he attempted to detain at least one of the teens, according to police.

The confrontation began over “ongoing issues with juveniles walking across the officer’s property”, according to a statement from the LAPD, which also stated that during the confrontation, a 13-year-old boy allegedly threatened to shoot the off-duty officer, at which time the officer attempted to detain him until Anaheim police arrived on scene.

Upon their arrival, officers contacted the off-duty officer, who admitted to discharging his firearm during an altercation with at least two individuals, police said. Nobody was struck by the gunfire.

Video footage of the incident appeared to show the officer being increasingly threatened by a crowd of teenagers gathered at the scene, including one boy seen in the video throwing a punch at the officer and another who attempted to tackle the officer while his back was turned.

The 13-year-old suspect was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall for criminal threats and battery, while a 15-year-old boy was arrested for assault and battery and later released to his parents.

The off-duty officer cooperated with the ongoing investigation by Anaheim police and was not be arrested.

LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman says the LAPD is conducting its own internal investigation into the actions of the officer.

Watch the video below. Viewer discretion is advised.

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  1. Why in the world would Michele Giles give out this officer’s street name ON AIR?? What is wrong with her? Anaheim will have every gang banger from LA and beyond cruising that street looking for an easy hit. ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY, CBS and Ms. Giles!

  2. Why wasn’t the OFF duty Officer Arrested?? Why was it Okay for him to put hands on this little boy let alone pull a gun and start shooting?? WHY?? There is never any real justice within the system…but folks get mad when the threat of Street Justice is present, eh Connie?? Smdh. Arrest the victim…always..smmfh.

    1. Officer had every right to fire his gun. Also has the right to shoot these thugs. The fence just got higher and time for you to go back.

      1. Rachel Bruno says:

        No, he didn’t have every right to fire his gun. Sad that you can’t understand gun ownership responsibility and basic gun safety. 😦

  3. Deon Pace says:

    This guy has no business being a police officer.

  4. Nice spinning on this report. This policeman needs to get a job elsewhere.

  5. After watching a number of videos, this off duty police officer should be relieved of his duties and his weapon permanently taken away. This wasn’t a “wild fight” with a group of teens. This was an ignorant pompous ass taking his anger out on a boy who defended a girl verbally. I’m shocked that this so called police officer was allowed to walk away without the weapon confiscated immediately. The wrong individuals were arrested and this man should not be a police officer. Had he had words with this boy and not put his hands on him, the altercation could have been avoided completely. He didn’t attempt to “detain” the 13 year old, he dragged him. Nice twist on the story…another way to add to the black lives matter vs. cops ongoing issues. Shame on you!

  6. Jon Smith says:

    That kid needs to learn to annunciation he slurs like he is drunk, in that interview when he says sue it sounded like shoot to me. If that is what happened during the confrontation I don’t blame the officer as he would have thought his life was being threatened.

  7. Why are you trying to say that it is obvious that the teens were attacking the officer?! There are multiple videos of the incident showing the argument and it sounds to me like the officer was being OVERLY aggressive with children. He called a young girl a name for walking on his lawn, so the boy stood up for her. Then, this adult officer grabs the boy and is being violent with him so his friends try to stop it until the officer pulls out his gun. The video tells the truth and your writer here is spouting lies.

  8. Heidi Timm says:

    @CBSLA This is an example of very bias reporting. Anyone who saw the videos and read your article could smell the stank of your bias from miles away.
    I hope that the uncited author of this piece gets at minimum some retraining on journalist ethics and standards. I will be adding CBS LA to my list of unreliable news sources.

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