The Los Angeles Police Department has officially revealed body camera footage from inside a Burlington Coat Factory, where policemen fatally shot the suspect and a teenage girl hiding in a dressing room.
On Thursday, December 23, police responded to a call regarding an attack at a Burlington Coat Factory in North Hollywood, California.
When police came, the guy, who was attacking shoppers with a bike lock and chain, was fatally shot.
They did, however, shoot a 14-year-old girl who was out shopping for a birthday frock.
In the police footage released Monday, Dec 28, you see armed policemen walking through the store in search of the suspect, when they come across blood on the floor and a woman writhing in pain, with the suspect standing in an aisle.
The video shows an officer with an assault rifle firing what appears to be 3 shots and the suspect crumples to the floor.
Burlington Coat factory shooting: Video shows moment stray bullet hit teenage girl as cops fired at suspect
However, police say they were unaware there was a 14-year-old girl cowering in a dressing room behind the suspect and one of the bullets struck her in the chest, killing her.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the girl’s death a homicide.
She was identified as Valentina Orellana-Peralta and she was in the store shopping for a dress for her upcoming birthday party.
There’s an LAPD regulation that says an officer can use deadly force against a fleeing suspect if the suspect poses a grave danger to others. In this case, the suspect had attacked 3 women with the lock and chain, drawing blood. In addition, the initial 911 call was for possible shots fired.
However, there’s another part of the regulation that says when officers use their guns they must be aware of their surroundings. Shoppers had been in the store, and the walls, especially those in the dressing rooms, are paper thin and that could be problematic for the officer who fired the shots.
Watch the video below.