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. donkykong

    did he have a gun? was he armed with any kind of weapon?

  2. dammshame

    thats the lapd for you they will kill you for nothing at all how many times have you seen that same senario on cops and other law enforcement shows and the outcome seems to be diffrent? it would have been diffrent if it was not in the crenshaw district do you see the same police killings in beverly hills or malibu? so my take on it is ask yourself why the life of this man is taken away? because what did he do to deserve the death penalty by lapd if that is the case they are no diffrent from the gangs on the street just more deadlier because they can kill you the same way they just killed this citizen, but theyre motto is to serve and protect,it should say license to kill your ass!!

  3. DEMON

    THATS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CALLS AUTHORITY…SAME DAMN THANG IN THE SAME GHETTO NEIGHBORHOOD OF SOUTH CENTRAL L.A…..BUT YOU NEVER HEAR OR SEE THIS KIND OF SHOOTING IN THE RICH NEIGHBORHOODS…AND THE QUOTE THEY HAVE ON THE POLICE CARS "TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE" THEY DONT SAY WHO…AND THEY DONT REALLY GIVE A FUCK WHO THEY SHOOT OR KILL UNLESS IS A RICH MOTHAFUCKER…

  4. kell ramos

    that shit was totally unecessary. i didn't know police were allowed to just shoot at a fleeing suspect. I thought they had to chase him and catch him. I would've ran too once they started shooting at me. That's fucked up

  5. cbo woods

    lapd is worse than the gangs them white boys dont care about killin the black and brown i hope who ever shot him dont wake up out thet sleep. ftp

  6. CGLCRP

    Datz Fucked Up! Dat Video proves da police a bunch of white faggots on a power trip, Fuck da police Cuzz!

  7. krazykracker

    rite my nigga fuck da police they think they on some hot boy shit cuz they got that, "i can do wateva the fuck i want badge" bra bra if we all got together and organized we could take this shit over by force…

  8. Prisoncop

    What a great thing.
    Another gang banging piece of crap off the streets.
    I love how all the people want to blame the cops.
    If this piece of garbage and the rest of the gang banging feces would not break the law and pull over when the Police light them up, there would be no problems.
    As long as criminal scum are out there thinking they are above the law and they want to run from the cops, there will be more scum killed.
    The only good gang banger is a DEAD gang banger.

  9. Prisoncop

    What a great thing.
    Another gang banging piece of crap off the streets.
    I love how all the people want to blame the cops.
    If this piece of garbage and the rest of the gang banging feces would not break the law and pull over when the Police light them up, there would be no problems.
    As long as criminal scum are out there thinking they are above the law and they want to run from the cops, there will be more scum killed.
    The only good gang banger is a DEAD gang banger.

  10. Robert

    OK. Disrepect the law or authority and wonder why you get shot. This is happening more and more. Sorry, but the cops aren't going to wait for you to decide, "Hmm, I think I'm going to shoot this one out. I can't go back to the pen again." Resist and pay the consequences. You get what you deserve. Listen to what the officer says and chances are you won't get hurt. It's not a color thing so save it.

  11. dave

    Right on another piece of shit off the streets,fucking cowards and morons those gangsters are, They hit and run…….fuckem put a bullet in them,dumass's need to learn to operate a gun so they kill more of each other than inocent people,there should be a bounty on those vermen,that would end this shit real fast.

  12. james

    Thats idiotic. I cant tell you how many news stories Iv read where "Supposedly" someone pointed an "Object that LOOKED like a gun at Police".! Its total BS, people dont point Cell phones, lighters etc at the police. It doesnt happen! Bottom line is, thats an excuse the cops have leared they can use anytime they want to kill an innocent person. All they need to do is say "Oh he pointed something that looked like a gun at us"…Sick

  13. it's in video, guy comes out of a car pointing something at the cops (dumb). You have got to be the biggest idiot around if you think that they are not going to shoot at you if you do that. hey, if i was there and this idiot wasn't doing what i asked him to, then he jumps out and points something at me, damn right im shooting first! Im not going to take that chance to see what he has in his hand, forget that. im no cop or know the law to well but that's just common sense people. Glad to see this scum bag off the streets, saved us tax payers money in the court system. Good job LAPD!

  14. Sick & Tired of all your whining.

    You guys kill me. Damnshame writes why dont we see this in Beverly Hills or Malibu. I will tell you why first of all when we hit someone we pull over we dont run but I will give you the benefit of the doubt lets say we do run, well then if we ran into a tree and the LAPD has me surrounded and tells me to get out of the car, guess what I do? I get out of the car and I do EXACTLY what they tell me , I dont back peddle , I dont run, IF they say jump I say how high. I will guarantee you this, I will never get shot by the LAPD, you know why because if I get pulled over by them I will do exactly what they say, if they tell me to get on all fours and moo like a cow I will, but guess what they wont shoot me. It has nothing to do with white, black or brown. So shut the hell up and obey the law and you wont have a problem.

  15. AfemalefromtheU.K

    Now that was totally uncalled 4 it seems like the cops in the U.S ARE 2 TRIGGER HAPPY. i thought over here was bad, and racist, but I suppose the U.K aint 2 bad in comparison. most of our cops dont carry guns unless theyre dealing wiv terrorists or if the assailent has been said 2 b armed otherwise they have batons and C.S GAS. lol

  16. P. Draper

    This is my friend's brother. We live in Delaware and she just found out today about his killing. He had been out of prison for awhile and had gotten married and was working his own business as a power washer. I don't know what happened, but he was a man trying to get his life together from what I understand. Does anyone have any information on the hit and run? He could have been very disoriented if he hit the tree at a high rate of speed.

  17. Donald

    I DON'T THINK THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ACTULLY GO OUT AND KILLED PEOPLE FOR THE FUN OF IT, WHAT ELSE WOULD ONE SAY IF NO WEAPON WAS FOUND AND YOU DIDN'T HAVE A THROW AWAY … AFTER ALL A MISTAKE WAS MADE…. A LIFE WAS TAKEN IN FEAR OF ONES OWN LIFE NOT BE TAKEN .. NOW SHOULD ONE LOSE THEIR JOB,CAREER AND OR PENSION … THE TRUTH SHOULD DECIDE THAT ……… IT'S A DANGEROUS JOB AND NO ONE IS PERFECT PUT YOUSELF IN THEIR PLACE .. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? … REALLY … WHAT WOULD DO? … WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE REALLY DONE IF IT WAS YOU? …. R.I.P. BROTHER MARICE YOU HAVE SERVED YOUR PURPOSE

  18. Lucille

    THIS IS VERY UPSETTING. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. I REALLY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH SOME OF THE COMMENTS. NO ONE DESERVES TO BE SHOT MUTILPLE TIMES LIKE A RABIT ANIMAL, BUT AT THE SAME TIME IF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS THEIR LIGHTS ON YOU OR THE SIREN YOU SHOULD PULL OVER AND WAIT FOR INSTRUCTIONS. IT'S OBVIOUS SOMETHING ELSE WAS GOING ON. BUT WHAT HAPPEN TO SHOOT TO WOUND? YOU DON'T HAVE TO RIDDLE SOMEONES BODY WITH BULLETS AND THEN SAY HE HAD AN ADAPTER. SORRY BUT I DON'T KNOW OF ANY ADAPTER THAT PLUGS IN THE CAR THAT LOOKS LIKE A GUN. THAT IS BS. LOOKS LIKE THEY NEED TO LOOK INTO CHANGING SOME PROCEDURES TOO!

  19. LISA

    WHEN WILL WE STOP KILLING ONE ANOTHER WE KNOW HOW THE POLICE ARE WE NEED TO STAND TALL AND PROUD AND LOVE EACH OTHER NOT KILL EACH OTHER I LOVE MY BROTHERS ALL DAY EVERYDAY I WILL NEVER TURN MY BACK ON THEM NEVER BUT I WANT US TO STOP THE BLACK ON BLACK CRIME. NO I'M NOT MAKING JUDGEMENTS ON ANYONE BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS WHAT PEOPLE CONSIDER TO BE A THUG BUT IT'S ALL GOOD NOT MATTER WHAT I STILL LOVE MY BROTHERS YOU ALL PLEASE GET IT TOGETHER IT'S A SAD THING BUT YOU KNOW WHEN IT COMES TO A BADGE AND GUN THEY THINK THEY CAN DO ANYTHING TAKE THAT AWAY AND WHAT DO THEY HAVE NO BALLS AT ALL

  20. LISA

    READ READ THE OTHER COMMENTS

    BROTHERS AND SISTER YOU SEE WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT US

    I SEE ALL THE WHITE COP LOVERS ARE SAYING ALL THESE NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN PEOPLE IN BEVERLY HILLS HIT AND RUN DRIVE DRUNK KILL PEOPLE ROB PEOPLE AND BECAUSE YOUR RICH AND WHITE YOU GET AWAY WITH. YOU THINK BECAUSE YOUR WHITE YOUR RIGHT BUT GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF ALL YOU WHITE PEOPLE THAT HAVE HATE IN YOU.

  21. JAY

    fuck the 5 hoes

  22. Knightowl

    You didnt even write the whole story. When he was baracated in the car he told the officers that he was going to kill them. This was after Cox told the Officers to back off from his car or he would kill them, while he reached in his glove box for a weapon. Then he takes off running and while Officers are chasing him, Cox decides to point a possible weapon at the chasing Officers. What part about that behavior sounds lawful and ok with you? . Now everybody is crying about how officers are killers and on and on. Instead of screaming police brutality you should first look at this mans action and ask you self if that is ok.

  23. bystander

    Knightowl, would your opinion change if you found out that he was semi-unconscious when he hit that tree, and that he never said anything to the police officers, never reached for anything, and when he got out the car he had nothing in his hands?

    Would you believe witnesses on the scene or do you believe whatever the police say?

  24. John J

    "OK. Disrespect the law or authority and wonder why you get shot. This is happening more and more. Sorry, but the cops aren't going to wait for you to decide, "Hmm, I think I'm going to shoot this one out. I can't go back to the pen again." Resist and pay the consequences. You get what you deserve. Listen to what the officer says and chances are you won't get hurt. It's not a color thing so save it."
    I don't like the police but that's basically It.If you don't comply then that's what happens to you.You get shot,tasered,beat up etc.

  25. Rodney King

    Sounds like John J approves of police brutality or excessive force. Maybe those terms do not even exist in John J's world. Let the police do as they will like a fascist state.

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