Shoplifting in Burlington: Officer William Jones identified as LAPD officer involved in fatal shooting by Valentina Orellana Peralta

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles police on Thursday released the name of the officer involved in the shooting at a North Hollywood Burlington store that killed a suspect in an assault and a 14-year-old girl who was beaten. of a stray bullet.

The officer was identified as Officer William Jones, who was assigned to the LAPD’s North Hollywood station, according to a statement from the department.

The Los Angeles Police Department did not release any other immediate information.

The girl was with her mother in a locker room trying on Christmas dresses two days before Christmas when she was hit by a police bullet passing through a wall on the second floor of the Burlington store at 12121 Victory Blvd.

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Valentina Orellana Peralta died in the arms of her mother, who said she and her daughter sat down and hugged when they heard the commotion in the store. The force of the shot that hit the teenager threw them both to the ground, the girl’s mother said.

Los Angeles police on Monday released body camera footage and other details about the shooting as officers responded to reports of a man assaulting people and possibly firing shots inside the Burlington store.

The reported video released by the LAPD includes footage showing the suspected assault viciously attacking a woman on the second floor of the Burlington store, repeatedly hitting her with a steel or metal cable bike lock, leaving her bloody on the floor when officers arrived.

Body camera video captures the sound of police shots, which quickly ring out as officers discover the suspect – with the cable lock in hand. More than half a dozen officers come down on the suspect after the shots are heard and the wounded suspect is arrested.

The suspect in the assault, 24-year-old Daniel Elena Lopez, was later pronounced dead at the scene.

While the video shows the suspect with the cable lock in his right hand, there is nothing to suggest that he is armed with a gun, and it is unclear whether he advanced on any officers before the shots were fired. Police say no gun was found at the scene.

The video released by LAPD on Monday includes audio from a series of 911 calls. In a call, a store employee tells a sender that a suspect is in the store and attacks people with a bicycle lock. In another, a woman reports the sound of shots being fired in the store, saying there is “a guy with a gun”.

Another caller reports that her mother was hiding inside the store because of a man who had made threats. She added: “I do not know if he has a gun, I do not know what he has, but they are hiding.”

A GoFundMe site set up for the benefit of the teenager’s family had raised nearly $ 30,000 by noon on Tuesday.

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