Video: LAPD officers ambushed by man while on patrol

As the officers were on patrol, a man stood across the road and pointed a handgun at them; he then walked toward the cruiser and fired at them

By Sarah Roebuck

LOS ANGELES — Body camera video released Tuesday by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the moment a man randomly walked up to a cruiser that officers were sitting in and started shooting.

The shooting took place on Aug. 6 in the Pico-Union area. According to police, officers were patrolling the area when they saw a man, later identified as 29-year-old Jose Delgado-Pinto, standing across the road pointing a handgun at them. 

As the officers stopped their cruiser, the suspect walked toward the cruiser and fired at them. This resulted in officers returning fire. Delgado-Pinto then ran off and threw his handgun, which was recovered at the scene and determined to be a ghost gun.

Responding patrol units were able to locate Delgado-Pinto, who then attempted to fight the arresting officer, resulting in the deployment of a TASER. Delgado-Pinto fell to the ground and was then taken into custody. 

Delgado-Pinto was struck by gunfire during the incident and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and later booked for attempted murder. 

Police said the investigation determined the cruiser was struck by gunfire, but no officers were injured. 

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