Bodycam Footage Of LAPD Officers Shooting Knife-Wielding Man
On June 20, 2018, around 10:39 p.m., Devonshire Patrol Division uniformed officers responded to an ambulance cutting radio call at a residence in the 20000 block of Sardinia Way in Porter Ranch. The comments of the call indicated that a female victim was outside and had been stabbed by her husband. As the officers arrived, they observed the victim on the ground, surrounded by community members who were providing her with aid. The officers’ attention was then drawn to a male suspect, later identified as Alen Alpanian, who was standing outside the front door of the residence holding a kitchen type knife. The officers ordered Alpanian to drop the knife; however, he walked away from the front door of the residence toward the officers, still holding the large kitchen knife. The officers continued to give commands to Alpanian to drop the knife, but he failed to comply and began to cross the street toward the officers. The officers deployed two Bean Bag shotguns, followed by two TASER activations, which proved to be ineffective. Alpanian continued to walk toward the officers while holding the knife, which resulted in an Officer-Involved Shooting.