Off-Duty LAPD Cop Fires Gun During Scuffle With Anaheim Teens
A confrontation between an off-duty LAPD officer and a group of teenagers came to a head when the former fired off a gun.
According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, a group of teenagers walking home from school yesterday afternoon in the West Palais neighborhood of Anaheim, were confronted by a resident who turned out to be an off-duty Los Angeles policeman.
The policeman reportedly complained to the teenagers that they were walking on his property, which resulted in words being exchanged between the man and the teens. The officer then grabs a 13-year-old named Christian Dorscht and, as you can see in the videos linked, drags him by his collar as another teen takes a video.
In the first video, viewers can hear Christian saying that the officer allegedly called a girl that was in his property a “c**t.” When Christian stood up for the girl that is when the officer proceeded to grab him.
“That’s not what I said,” the officer replied. Another teenager backs up Christian’s claim, but cannot be heard clearly on the recording.
“Shut the f**k up,” the officer said. “You weren’t even there.”
In the second video the cop continues to drag Christian close to a bush. At this point one of the teenagers rushes the officer and sends him over the bushes. The officer continues to pull on Christian, even as another teenager attempts to swing at him.
As more teens proceed to crowd the cop and Christian, the former pulls out a gun from the waistband of his jeans, which is then followed by a gunshot that is fired off three seconds later.
A full video of the incident has since been released.
According to Anaheim police, Christian threatened to shoot the man, which led to the cop trying to cuff him. However, it is unknown if the officer ever identified himself as a cop.
The Anaheim police confirmed that two teens were arrested, including the 13-year-old, who was arrested on suspicion of battery and making criminal threats. However, the off-duty cop was not arrested.
Christian’s father, Johnny Dorscht, has since spoken out about the incident, stating “That should’ve never happened, what [that officer] did.”