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LAPD video shows officer shot at point-blank range

Posted at 10:09 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 12:09:38-04
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A screenshot of a video showing an officer-involved shooting in July. / LAPD

NORTH HILLS, Calif. – The Los Angeles Police Department released video Monday of an officer-involved shooting that left the suspect dead and one officer wounded in the leg.

The shooting happened during a traffic stop in North Hills, California, on the night of July 27, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The video shows the officer speaking to the suspect, 32-year-old Richard Mendoza. Mendoza appears to be following the unidentified female officer’s directions when she tells him to step out of the car.

Video then shows him pulling out a gun and shooting her in the leg. He then turned to shoot at her partner over the car.

Mendoza was shot in the head and the torso. He died at a hospital.

According to police, Mendoza was a gang member and had previous convictions on drug and gun charges.

The officer was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

The shooting remains under investigation, according to the LAPD.