The LAPD on Monday shared photos of an item, initially described as a weapon, believed to have been in the possession of a man shot and killed by officers in Leimert Park last month, along with stills from video carried by the body of the incident and part of the transcript of the 9-1-1 call that sent officers to the scene.
The first photo shows a black cylindrical metal object with a rectangle protruding from one side, believed to be a latch actuator, an automotive component.
The LAPD said in a statement that the second and third photos show the same object in the hand of 39-year-old Jermaine Petit, seconds before he was shot twice.
As of July 29, the LAPD said Petit was recovering from his injuries in a hospital and was being held on two prior arrest warrants in lieu of $100,000 bond.
In the segment of the 9-1-1 call transcript, a person reported on July 18, 2022 that a man pulled out a gun when told to leave a location.
“…And, uh, I told him to leave and he pulled out a gun. It looks like a black semi-automatic weapon,” according to the LAPD transcript.
The LAPD has not released a recording of the call or the radio dispatch directing officers to the scene. The department has yet to share a body worn or other video from the shoot.
On the night of the shooting, a department spokesperson told reporters that the person shot was armed with a weapon.
Two days later, LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Board of Police Commissioners that the object was not a weapon, but rather an auto part.
“Officers made contact with Mr. Petit, who was in possession of a black metal latch actuator,” Moore said.
“A uniformed supervisor arrived on the scene and upon arrival an officer involved in gunfire took place. Mr. Petit was hit by gunfire and fell to the sidewalk,” the chief said. .
The shooting marked the 20th for LAPD officers so far in 2022.
The officers involved have been identified as Sgt. Brett Hayhoe, who joined the LAPD in 2000, and Ofcr. Daryl Glover, who was hired in 2015.
The LAPD did not say whether either or both officers fired their weapons.