Las Angeles, California — On June 16, 2018, around 1:10 p.m., LAPD Communications Division received a 9-1-1 call reporting a man with a large knife assaulting a woman outside a homeless outreach center located on the 6400 block of Tyrone Avenue in Van Nuys.
LAPD patrol officers assigned to Van Nuys Division quickly responded to the outreach center and located a man, later identified as Guillermo Perez, holding a large serrated knife. Perez approached the officers as they emerged from their vehicles and the officers immediately attempted to de-escalate the situation by verbally directing Perez to drop the knife. Perez, however, ignored the officers’ directions and continued to approach.
An officer equipped with a less-lethal, beanbag shotgun fired at Perez who deflected two of the rounds using a folding chair and then ran in the opposite direction. As Perez ran from the officers he grabbed a woman standing next to a nearby building. Perez then pushed the woman in between himself and the officers, raised the serrated knife, and pressed it against the woman’s neck. At this point three officers fired their handguns at Perez who was hit by the gun fire and fell to the ground. Tragically, Perez’s hostage was also struck by gunfire and collapsed.
Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported Perez and the woman to local hospitals. Perez later died at the hospital and the female victim was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. She later succumbed to her injuries.