The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has released footage of an incident on October 13 in which officers shot and killed a man who allegedly threatened to stab his mother and held her hostage.
LAPD officers responded to an “assault with a deadly weapon” call at 5:50 a.m., with a man later identified as Carlos Arias. Officers said Arias had a history of schizophrenia and was “possibly suicidal”, although this has not been independently confirmed.
The call was made in Spanish, with the caller saying the suspect was choking his mother, dragging her into the apartment from outside while holding a knife. Security footage showed the suspect and the woman in the parking lot outside the apartment complex, with the suspect shouting in Spanish that he was going to cut her.
LAPD officials said officers tried to speak with Arias for several minutes, from inside their vehicles, to defuse the situation to no avail.
Arias and his mother then walked into the apartment and LAPD body worn camera footage shows officers knocking on the door, asking Arias out and saying, ‘We’re not going to hurt you. . You’re out of trouble, man.
In response, Arias can be heard shouting through the camera, “I’m going to cut his head off.”
It was then that an officer said, “Oh shit. OK, we gotta kick down that door, guys. The same officer said he could see Arias and his mother through the window and described his movements to the rest of the officers, saying he was a few feet away from his mother and talking to her.
The officers then asked Arias out several times, warning him that they were going to kick down the door if he didn’t.
The scene escalated after the officer said Carlos put his mother in a headache, later confirming that a knife was visible in his hand.
The body-worn camera of the officer who entered first showed a person who appeared to be Arias, holding the knife aloft, while hovering over a person who appeared to be his mother on the ground .
It was then that the officer fired two shots, with Arias falling to the ground and the knife falling from his hands.
Arias was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
While the LAPD said the investigation is still in its early stages, the video footage is released to the public to “better understand” the incident.
No other injuries were reported in the incident.