William Jones identified as LAPD officer involved in deadly North Hollywood Burlington Store shooting of teenage girl – CBS Los Angeles

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Police Department has released the name of the officer involved in the shooting at a North Hollywood Burlington store that killed a suspected assailant and a 14-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet.

The officer is identified as Officer William Jones, who is affiliated with the North Hollywood Division.

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Los Angeles police at the scene of a shooting at a Burlington store in North Hollywood, California, December 23, 2021. (CBSLA)

Los Angeles police believe the girl was hit by a stray bullet that passed through a wall in the locker room. The 14-year-old was identified by the LA County Coroner’s Office Friday as Valentina Orellana-Peralta.

On Thursday afternoon, the LAPD identified the officer involved as Police Officer II William Jones affiliated with the North Hollywood Division.

A woman who was assaulted by the suspect was taken to hospital with moderate to serious injuries, police said.

The situation unfolded when officers were dispatched to the Burlington store on Laurel Canyon and Victory boulevards around 11:45 a.m. in response to a 911 call from a person who reported hearing altercations inside the store and shots fired, according to police.

When officers responded to the call, police received additional reports of a possible active shooter, according to Capt. Stacy Spell from the LAPD.

“When officers responded, they arrived at the scene and began a search to look for a suspect,” Spell said. “While conducting the search for a suspect, officers encountered someone who was in the process of assaulting another, and an officer involved in the shooting took place.”

The suspect was killed shot, police said. LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi said during a subsequent search, police found a hole in a stretch of drywall in front of the officer or officers who opened fire on the suspect.

dec. 23, 2021. (CBSLA)

“We went behind it (the wall) and it turned out to be a locker room up there,” Choi said. “We were able to locate a 14-year-old woman who was found dead in that locker room.”

Asked if the girl was shot by police, Choi said, “For now, we think that round was an officer’s round.”

It was initially unclear if the teenage girl’s parents were in the store at the time and if she was hiding in the locker room when she was killed by the stray bullet. A LAPD source revealed to the Los Angeles Times that the victim’s mother was in the locker room with her when her daughter tried on dresses for her quinceaneras.

A woman who was assaulted by the suspect when officers arrived was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. She was seen on video footage from the scene being loaded into an ambulance, awake but bloody.

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Choi said it was unclear whether the suspect was armed.

“We did not find a gun,” Choi said. “But until the forensic pathologist comes here and we do a full search of the suspect, it will not be final. But right now we have not found a firearm.”

He said officers found a “steel or metal cable lock, a very heavy lock,” near the suspect, which may have been used in the assault.

An employee who did not want to be identified told CBSLA she had just started working at Burlington a week earlier. She said she saw the suspect attack his first victim.

“I was with other customers trying to take them to the exit and the suspect was waiting downstairs,” the employee said. “The customer in front of me, he attacked her and hit her with a bicycle chain.”

The fatal shooting happened just two days before Christmas. Worried relatives stood in line outside the store, waiting to be notified of those inside.

“We are at the very initial part of this investigation,” Spell said. “There’s still surveillance video to watch, witnesses to talk to, and we’re watching body-worn video.”

Grieving family members gathered in the store looking for answers.

“These are tragic and unfortunate events,” Choi said.

Choi said the LAPD Force Investigation Division and the LA County Inspector General’s Office were both on the scene and investigating. According to Choi, investigators had not yet reviewed the store’s security camera footage or video from officers’ body-worn cameras.

The California Department of Justice’s shooting investigation team for Southern California is also investigating the incident.

Burlington issued a statement in response to the tragic shooting.

At Burlington, our hearts are heavy as a result of the tragic incident that took place today in our store in North Hollywood, California. Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our customers and partners. This is an ongoing investigation and we support the authorities . “

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LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore, who was out of town at the time of the shooting, also issued a statement on the incident:

“This chaotic incident, which results in the death of an innocent child, is tragic and devastating to all involved. I am deeply saddened by the loss of this young girl’s life, and I know there are no words that can alleviate the unimaginable pain of My commitment is to conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the circumstances that led to this tragedy, and to provide the family and the public with as much information as possible. December, which will include the 9-1-1 calls, radio transmissions, body-worn videos and any CCTV and other evidence gathered at this initial stage. “

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