Old School/New School: LTL's And Quadruped Drone Take Down Suspect

This compilation of LAPD-provided and Ring camera footage depicts a suspect armed with what initially appears to be a rifle, who is apprehended using a combination of tested tactics and new technology. Although the suspect is wounded, no is otherwise injured or killed in this video.


Officers are responding to calls of a man armed with a rifle, who was at first loitering but has taken to walking down the street. At 0:49 seconds, there is slowed, zoomed footage of the suspect pointing the weapon at the two officers, who would probably be found justified if they shot then and there. However, they choose not to as the suspect continues to walk.


At 0:57, we cut to dashboard camera of another pair of officers responding. They identify the suspect and dismount at 01:11, making contact and ordering the suspect to drop his weapon. When he does not, one of the officers (right) fires his handgun. The officer on the left says that he thinks it's fake, which may explain some of the hesitancy shown by several officers in this video.


Further backup, possibly LAPD SWAT, is shown at 02:14. They push up using the cruiser as cover and firing at the suspect with 12 gauge less-than-lethal rounds. At 02:24, a female officer fires two rounds, and another officer confirms a hit. She crosses to the passenger side of the vehicle and fires a further two. At 03:30, she leans from cover and tries to fire again, but she's run her shotgun dry. This could have cost her dearly if the suspect at this point showed any intent to kill her. She reloads and fires again before the officers move up, and again at 04:05.


Check out the guy in the crosswalk at 04:26, with his shopping bag. This guy pulls an Abbey Road, completely undeterred by the chase and gunfire happening around him. Whether by obliviousness or testicular fortitude, he's earned this paragraph. The suspect passes within feet of a cruiser at 05:26, but for some reason the officers make no effort to interdict him. At 05:58 he throws an object at the pursuing cruiser.


Off to the left flank of the main pursuing force, and giving us an idea of how many officers were involved, we have two officers at 06:24. The camera officer and his partner both fire at the suspect at 06:44, although there doesn't seem to be an indicator of cause.


As the suspect retreats into a corner, the next phase of this incident is covered by Ring camera. The suspect repeatedly threatens to kill officers, but does not raise his weapon. At 07:49, he is hit by an incoming 40mm less-than-lethal round, and another at 08:03. He is narrowly missed at 08:15 as he ducks and appears to be using his backpack as cover. He's hit again at 08:36, and the impact seems to really set in, audibly punching through the adrenaline and cutting him off mid-sentence.


Then stuff gets cool- a quadrupedal remotely operated drone is sent in to make contact with the suspect and retrieve his weapons. As SWAT continues to negotiate with the suspect, we see how the drone is able to articulate its arm and grab the rifle, bringing it back to the waiting officers. At 12:39, the drone proves it's able to do the same work with smaller objects; in this case, it's a lighter shaped like a handgun. At 14:29, we see shield-bearing SWAT officers move in to effect the arrest. The suspect was treated for his gunshot wounds at a local hospital, and it was found that the "rifle" was in fact an airsoft gun. He was thereby charged with 6x counts of Brandishing an Imitation Firearm, 6x counts of Obstructing a Peace Officer, and one count of Displaying an Imitation Firearm.

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Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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Published 5 months ago

This compilation of LAPD-provided and Ring camera footage depicts a suspect armed with what initially appears to be a rifle, who is apprehended using a combination of tested tactics and new technology. Although the suspect is wounded, no is otherwise injured or killed in this video.


Officers are responding to calls of a man armed with a rifle, who was at first loitering but has taken to walking down the street. At 0:49 seconds, there is slowed, zoomed footage of the suspect pointing the weapon at the two officers, who would probably be found justified if they shot then and there. However, they choose not to as the suspect continues to walk.


At 0:57, we cut to dashboard camera of another pair of officers responding. They identify the suspect and dismount at 01:11, making contact and ordering the suspect to drop his weapon. When he does not, one of the officers (right) fires his handgun. The officer on the left says that he thinks it's fake, which may explain some of the hesitancy shown by several officers in this video.


Further backup, possibly LAPD SWAT, is shown at 02:14. They push up using the cruiser as cover and firing at the suspect with 12 gauge less-than-lethal rounds. At 02:24, a female officer fires two rounds, and another officer confirms a hit. She crosses to the passenger side of the vehicle and fires a further two. At 03:30, she leans from cover and tries to fire again, but she's run her shotgun dry. This could have cost her dearly if the suspect at this point showed any intent to kill her. She reloads and fires again before the officers move up, and again at 04:05.


Check out the guy in the crosswalk at 04:26, with his shopping bag. This guy pulls an Abbey Road, completely undeterred by the chase and gunfire happening around him. Whether by obliviousness or testicular fortitude, he's earned this paragraph. The suspect passes within feet of a cruiser at 05:26, but for some reason the officers make no effort to interdict him. At 05:58 he throws an object at the pursuing cruiser.


Off to the left flank of the main pursuing force, and giving us an idea of how many officers were involved, we have two officers at 06:24. The camera officer and his partner both fire at the suspect at 06:44, although there doesn't seem to be an indicator of cause.


As the suspect retreats into a corner, the next phase of this incident is covered by Ring camera. The suspect repeatedly threatens to kill officers, but does not raise his weapon. At 07:49, he is hit by an incoming 40mm less-than-lethal round, and another at 08:03. He is narrowly missed at 08:15 as he ducks and appears to be using his backpack as cover. He's hit again at 08:36, and the impact seems to really set in, audibly punching through the adrenaline and cutting him off mid-sentence.


Then stuff gets cool- a quadrupedal remotely operated drone is sent in to make contact with the suspect and retrieve his weapons. As SWAT continues to negotiate with the suspect, we see how the drone is able to articulate its arm and grab the rifle, bringing it back to the waiting officers. At 12:39, the drone proves it's able to do the same work with smaller objects; in this case, it's a lighter shaped like a handgun. At 14:29, we see shield-bearing SWAT officers move in to effect the arrest. The suspect was treated for his gunshot wounds at a local hospital, and it was found that the "rifle" was in fact an airsoft gun. He was thereby charged with 6x counts of Brandishing an Imitation Firearm, 6x counts of Obstructing a Peace Officer, and one count of Displaying an Imitation Firearm.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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