Los Angeles Sheriff Releases Video of Deputy-Involved Shooting
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Press Release
LASD Deputy-Involved Shooting (DIS) at 2421 Lincoln Avenue, Altadena
The following information is based on facts determined from an investigation into the incident described. The investigation is ongoing and as witnesses are interviewed, evidence is analyzed and reports are reviewed, our understanding of the facts may change. The details described below accurately reflect the facts as we currently know them.
On Sunday, January 10, 2021, at about 4:04 pm, a deputy assigned to Altadena Sheriff’s Station was patrolling south on Lincoln Avenue near Figueroa Drive. The deputy was flagged down by a motorist who told him a woman had just been stabbed and the suspect was standing in the street, armed with a knife.
After being directed by the motorist, the deputy drove into the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Figueroa Avenue and immediately saw 48-year-old Allen Mirzayan of Pasadena. He was standing shirtless in the street holding a knife in his right hand. Mirzayan ran to the radio car and began stabbing the side of the vehicle with his knife and kicking the passenger’s side door. The deputy requested emergency assistance and paramedics to respond for the injured woman.
An additional Sheriff’s patrol unit arrived and the three deputies attempted to take Allen Mirzayan into custody. Mirzayan was combative and refused to comply with the deputies’ commands to drop the knife. A short time later, the suspect charged the deputies with the knife raised and a deputy-involved shooting occurred, during which Suspect Mirzayan was shot numerous times and fell to the street. Deputies and Los Angeles County Fire Department Paramedics administered medical aid to the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 78-year-old female stabbing victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where she remains hospitalized with a broken hip and injuries related to the stabbing.
No other civilians or Sheriff’s deputies were injured during the incident.
The suspect’s knife was recovered at the scene.
The incident was captured on several cellphone cameras as well as private security cameras near the location.
LASD Homicide investigators responded to the scene to conduct interviews, follow up and process the scene. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB), and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Justice System Integrity Division (JSID) also responded and monitored the investigation.
Once completed, the criminal investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if the force used by the involved personnel violated any criminal laws. Once the District Attorney’s Office investigation is completed, the LASD will evaluate the actions of the personnel within the application of policy, procedures and tactics.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Sheriff’s Homicide at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips may be received through CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-222-8477.
*** UPDATE ***
The employees involved in the deputy-involved shooting have been identified as Deputy Raul Reyes, Deputy Jacob Thome, and Deputy Roberto Sigala.
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