The Los Angeles county coroner has identified the 14-year-old girl who was shot and killed by police on Thursday while in the dressing rooms of a department store in North Hollywood. A Trader Joe's shootout, an innocent death, and soul searching for LAPD Read more
Valentina Orellana-Peralta died after being hit by a bullet which went through the wall of the dressing room at the Burlington Coat Factory store, as police officers responded to a call about an assault.
The officer involved was put on paid leave while the Los Angeles police department prepared to release video evidence and radio calls from an encounter that reportedly happened around 11.45am.
Officers reportedly found the suspect in the alleged assault, Daniel Elena Lopez, and fired, killing the 24-year-old. They then discovered a bullet hole in the dressing room wall. The room was “directly behind the suspect and out of the officers’ view”, police said.