LAPD Shoot and kill unarmed motorist in South Los Angeles

Alex Alonso for StreetGangs.com
March 3, 2008

UPDATE: On March 6, 2008 the LAPD releases their official statement on this shooting. The motorist was identified as Maurice LeRoy Cox, and he was not armed, but officers shot because they thought he pointed a gun.

UPDATE: On March 14, 2008 attorney Carl Douglas files a multi-million dollar claim against LAPD on behalf of Cox’s widow.


lapd3108shootingAt about 7:00 pm last night, a hit-and-run driver crashed his vehicle into a tree next to the southbound lane on Crenshaw Blvd just south of 57th Street. As the suspect was shaking off the effects of the collision, one LAPD cruiser pulled behind and asked the motorist to exit the vehicle. Using the bull horn the officers continued to tell the motorist to exit the vehicle but he did not respond. The officers did not approach the vehicle and were taking extreme precautionary measures as they continued to tell the motorist to exit vehicle.

About five minutes later, a second LAPD cruiser pulled behind the motorist, but the driver did not exit the vehicle and the situation appeared to be getting tense. There were paramedics treating some of the hit-and-run victims one block away on Crenshaw as this stand off continued. The air unit was now over head as several more LAPD cruisers pulled in behind the motorist.

At about 7:21pm the driver abruptly exited the vehicle and began to back peddle away from the police, and after a few steps, the LAPD fired about three shots. The motorist began to run at full speed into the US Bank parking lot on Crenshaw & Slauson, entering the lot on the north side of the bank. The LAPD officers gave chase following him into the parking lot from his rear while other officers cut him off on the Slauson side. They fired on him multiple times from both directions and the suspect fell in the lot behind an LAPD cruiser on the Slauson side of the parking lot.

The suspect was on the ground and moving after being shot, and then the officers took him into custody. The paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital. He either died in route or at the hospital.



Crenshaw near 57th Street on March 1, 2008 at about 7:20pm.

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69 Comments for “LAPD Shoot and kill unarmed motorist in South Los Angeles”

  1. DOE BOY || TEXAS THUG ||

    mane fuck da police hoe ass nikkas mudafuckas will kill fo no fuckin reason dey bunch of fuckin pussies.dude didnt even had no fuckin gun or a damn weapon n bitch ass nikkas kept shootin him mo n mo fuckin times all mudafuckin cops can burn in hell hope dey fuckin die n suffer da pain

  2. DOE BOY || TEXAS THUG ||

    OH N TO ALL MUDAFUCKAZ DAT THINK DIZ SHIT WUZ STRAIGHT YA CAN DIE N SUCK A DICK 2 U WOULD B TALKIN MUDAFUCKAZ IF IT WUZ DAT GOT SHOT OR 1 OF YO LOVE ONES SO EITHER SHUT DA FUCK UP OR FUCKIN DIE BITCH ASS NIKKAZ

  3. DOE BOY || TEXAS THUG ||

    OH N TO ALL MUDAFUCKAZ DAT THINK DIZ SHIT WUZ STRAIGHT YA CAN DIE N SUCK A DICK 2 U WOULDNT B TALKIN MUDAFUCKAZ IF IT WUZ U DAT GOT SHOT OR 1 OF YO LOVE ONES SO SHUT DA FUCK UP BITCHES

  4. The Truth

    okay, so where did it say anywhere he was a gangbanger? I feel sorry for some of you ignorant ass posters. Go thank your parents for the great way they raised you. [/sarcasm]

  5. Greg

    Good job LAPD. Bottom line: If you don't break the law, you don't have anything to worry about. Follow directions playboy!!

    With this 3 strikes thing most cats don't want to go back to prison and don't care about a cop. Police are in a tough position these days and, crimminals seem to have more rights than most law-abiding folks.

  6. I have seen comments attacking the LAPD and supporting the criminal in this case. I find it interesting that none of those attacking LEO are asking about the victims of this crime, those hit my this criminal. As a criminal justice instructor, I also find the comments about police procedures very funny.

  7. Lil Ghost

    This muthafuckin pigs killing at all the time , i hate them those donuts eaters

  8. Goldie Bishop

    Blood on Pueblo Bishop the Police did the homie the same way not even five years ago, and for this shit to happen to dude thats fucked up even if he did hit and run. Did he have a Burner hell no the police just was doin target practice on another Ninja ,I'm a man!

  9. theykallminobodyJAYSBMI

    the,wait let me start this right, "fuck the police", alright thats betta. the police ain't nothing but some punk ass cowards.people have to remember the police are average people who want to b tuff. they need badges and guns and also bulletproff vests to make them feel like men."a real gangsta will FUCK A PUNK ASS POLICE UP!!!"I think back 2 da days when niggas let them fools have it, these niggas these days are video ass niggas/gangstas scary muthafuckas niggas betta stand up and let these bustas know what's up.White folks lol,lol,lol,lol,lol u muthafuckas think your shit don't stink n world history u muthafuckas r the biggest criminals n the world look it up. u muthafuckas have been killin black and brown 4 centuries and for what? land and 4 not listening to your bullshit niggas and mexicans betta wake the fuck up sheeeit poor people period wake the fuck up real g's fight back.ooohhhhh i missed the days n the jays when we let them ye's have it(smile)

  10. Josh

    That's one less criminal on the streets as far as I'm concerned. Get them out of the gene pool as far as I care. Those of you that make the same old comments about "dat shet don't happin in da rich hoods! F those rich f…rs!" make me laugh. Of course that stuff doesn't happen in the nice neighborhoods, the one's were people go out in the evenings for a walk, kids play in their yards, there's no grafitti on the walls, people aren't selling crack on the corner or stealing cars around the block. Some people actually take pride in were they live and work hard to keep it that way. Now don't get me wrong, there is plenty of crime being commited by the rich, just not at home… they like to do it at work wearing thousand dollar suits, the Enron way. If people would just quit looking the other way and do something about the crime you might actually live in a kinda nice place. But until that happens guess what, you neighborhoods will be filthy, you will live surrounded by crime and the police will continue to beat, shoot and harrass you….. wake up and quit being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.

  11. observation man

    Well lets see if the person that was driving the car would have not left the scene of the accident, would have shown that he was not guilty. But he left. If that was your family that he hit would you be pissed. And I see alot of comments about the the white cops. Watch the video "dumb shit" I see several black cops there also. I think the ones that like to bitch and blame the cops are nothing but criminals, and most of them are wanted for crimes, or have done crimes

  12. Very good site. Thank you.

  13. Frank Hardy

    The police were close enough to see if he was armed or not. Officers who fired on the deceased should be charged appropriately. This was an unlawful killing. Here in Australia, the police involved would be looking at prison time.

  14. FANTA

    STREETGANGS:
    L.A. COUNTY MOST WELL CONNECTED, WELL TRAINED, WELL ARMED, RUTHLESS, LIERS, CONNING,SHOWING-NO-PITY, DISTURBED,RACIST, BULLIES, AND TAKE-NO-PRISONERS GANGS?

    I SAY ITS LAPD OR THE LASD

    YOU CAN FIND MORE ABOUT THIS NOTORIOUS GANGS JUST BY GOOGLE "LAPD KILLS ANOTHER UN-ARMED SUSPECT".

    MINORITIES ARE ASKED TO BECAREFUL OF THIS 2 GANGS FOR THEY ENCOUNTER ACTS VIOLENT BEHAVIER, FALSE INCARSERATION, AND EVEN DEATH.

  15. This is for all of the bozo muth@###$ that stereo type blacks as bangers and ok the police shooting innocent people, i read most of the comments and i can't stand you police loving punk ass muther@##$ ,i don't care what color you are. None of you knew this dude.you go hit a tree faggot and see if you won't be out of your mind or need help.police most of them hide behind the badge and are cowards, scary as a muther@#@. I am a banger and an ex- felon. so no need to guess.I don't get on blogs and make statments about things i don't have facts too. Everyone's equal when it comes to opinions but i just can't stand cowards saying the guy got what he desrves cause he ran and lives in south central L.A. . I hope you people fall victim to violence too and you are stereo typed without the facts.

  16. FANTA

    TILL THEY GET A TASTE OF VIOLENCE AND TREDGETY IN THE HANDS OF THE LAPD OR LASD WOULD YOU UNDERSTAND A EVERYDAY THING BEING A MEXICAN/BLACK YOUNG MEN/WOMAN IN SOUTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES DEALING WITH THE 2 BIGGESST GANGS OF ALL L.A. COUNTY.

  17. white boy

    fuckin dumb nigger shouldn't have ran. The police put up with your gang shit everyday. white collar rich people don't cause threatning problems.

  18. robert

    He should have not ran and the police do have a hard job to do everyday. Many policeman do their job and many just want to kill a black one time I have been around a unsolved issue and trust me there is room for improvement in law enforcement.

  19. comcc1

    these motherfuckers think they are the shit gangbanging asses aint shit without there guns and dope selling to kids and just fucking shut up. The reason cops arent in Malibu and Beverly Hills is because u fucking gangsters arent there or should I say BITCHES arent there. Fuck you u peice of shit u probably will not get this message because youre to stupid to use a fnn computer. From a correctional officer who rules what u do when u get caught. Fucking Assholes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. FUCK THA POLICE & WHITE PPL

    THT SHIT IZ FUCKED UP….
    THA MOTHA FUCKIN POLICE HAD NO REASON TO SHOOT AT HIM….
    FUCK THA POLICE…
    FUCK THA POLICE…
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    FUCK THA POLICE…
    FUCK THA POLICE…
    AND FUCK ALL THA WHITE PPL THT BE HATIN… YALL JUS SOME JEALOUS ASS HATERS THT WISHED YALL HAVE WHUT US BLACK FOLKS HAVE AND YALL WISH YALL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHUT US BLACK FOLKS HAVE… SO FUCK WHITE PPL, FUCK POLICE, FUCK HATERS, AND FUCK DEM COPS THT DID THT SHIT…

    FUCK WHITE PPL…
    FUCK WHITE PPL…
    FUCK WHITE PPL…

    • skott

      man you got some issues dude. and not all whites are with the kkk. fuck no wonder you all live and hate each other America what shit hole

  21. BILLY SLOCUM

    So what , a cop shot a guy, big deal…he probably deserved it. Probably an illegal, so he was actually doing me a favor

  22. ttbigdick

    FUCK THE MS-13 PUSSY ASSED FAGGOTS. Dey thinks deys bad..they’re not. You see MS13 members on their own are nothing, Shit a bunch of PeeWee Hermans could be bad ass if 20 of them jump you.

    MS 13 is nothing but a bunch of idiots who NEED to join a gang because they have no
    individuality . Fucking puta bitches

  23. Easy G

    NIggas, you aint saw nothin yet bitches!!! Where all da white women at?

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