Bystander killed in Norwalk shootout identified; State DoJ to investigate
The 67-year-old innocent bystander fatally shot during a shootout between sheriff’s deputies and an attempted carjacking suspect in Norwalk was identified Saturday by the coroner’s office.
It was not known who fired the shot that killed Pedro Lopez.
The carjacking suspect was wounded during the shooting and taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
Lopez was found by deputies lying on the ground unresponsive during a check of the surrounding yard of the location, according to a statement issued Friday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Paramedics were summoned to the location and determined the bystander sustained trauma to the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said.
The shooting was reported shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday in the 12100 block of Foster Road, near San Antonio Drive. Deputies had gone to the area to search for a suspect “who committed a recent assault with a deadly weapon with a firearm and attempted carjacking in Norwalk,” a department statement said.
“Deputies located the suspect who was walking in the area. A deputy attempted to detain the suspect, at which time the suspect produced a handgun, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. The suspect attempted to flee on foot when an additional deputy engaged him and a second deputy-involved shooting occurred,” the statement continued.
“The suspect continued to flee, still armed with a handgun as he entered a front yard of a nearby residence. An additional deputy attempted to detain him, and a third deputy-involved shooting occurred. The suspect proceeded to make entry into that location, at which time the residents, who did not know the suspect, proceeded to exit and made contact with the deputies,” the statement said.
A SWAT team from the Special Enforcement Bureau was sent to the scene and, after locating the suspect with gunshot wounds, arrested him.
No deputies were injured. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Friday that the state Department of Justice will independently review the shooting death, pursuant to Assembly Bill 1506, which require the AG to investigate law enforcement shootings that result in the death of unarmed civilians.