A knife-wielding man fatally shot by police in downtown Los Angeles earlier this week is believed to have fatally stabbed a lady a short while earlier in his close by condominium, authorities stated Friday.
Michael Rogers, 32, was shot by police about four:50 p.m. Tuesday close to Hope and eleventh streets and died at a hospital, in accordance with police and the coroner’s workplace. Lisa Ramirez, 32, of Pico Rivera was discovered lifeless a few block away inside Rogers’ condo within the 1100 block of Flower Road.
Ramirez had labored within the constructing as a custodian, the Los Angeles Police Division reported.
“Investigators consider that Rogers lured Miss Ramirez into his condominium round three:20 p.m. (Tuesday) after which stabbed her a number of occasions inflicting her demise,” an LAPD assertion stated.
“Rogers then fled the scene on foot and was later found one block away on Hope Road,” police stated. “Investigators found that Rogers went inside one other residential constructing the place he wandered concerning the fifteenth flooring.”
A safety officer from that constructing escorted Rogers out of the location, and Rogers then tried to carjack a Division of Transportation officer’s car at knifepoint, police stated.
“As Rogers tried to take the DOT car, a safety guard from a close-by constructing noticed the carjacking and responded to assist the DOT officer,” police stated. “The safety guard and the DOT officer have been capable of fend off Rogers, who deserted his try and take the DOT car.”
In the meantime, officers from the LAPD’s Central Visitors Division have been driving south on Hope Road and the DOT officer flagged them down, police stated.
“Instantly, Rogers charged on the driver’s aspect of the police car armed with a knife,” police stated. “The officers shortly drove away from Rogers and made a U-flip to re-strategy him.”
Rogers then entered a enterprise, nonetheless armed with the knife, and got here outdoors and commenced strolling towards the officers, police stated.
“Officer David Machain who was standing behind the passenger door of his police automotive ordered Rogers to cease and drop the knife a number of occasions,” police stated.
“All of the sudden Rogers ran immediately towards Officer Machain screaming `I’m going to kill you,’ ” police stated. “Officer Machain continued yelling at Rogers to cease, however Rogers continued to run at Officer Machain with the knife.
Officer Machain fired a number of rounds at Rogers as he got here inside a number of ft of Officer Machain,” police stated. “Rogers was struck by the gunfire and fell to the bottom.”
No officers or civilians have been injured.
“A short while later, a citizen approached one of many officers and reported that she had simply arrived house and found the physique of a lady in her residence,” police stated. “Officers and a supervisor responded to her residence … to research her report of a potential lifeless lady.”
Officers went to the condominium and located Ramirez lifeless. The connection between the suspect and the lady who discovered the physique was not…