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LAPD Cops Fatally Shoot Man With Knife As Elevator Opens


Los Angeles, California — On July 20, 2023, at around 11:35 a.m., Newton Patrol Division uniformed officers responded to a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW) suspect there now, where the caller indicated that the suspect, while armed with a knife was threatening another person. The assault occurred at an apartment building located in the 1000 block of East 7th Street. Officers arrived at the location and met with security, who advised that the suspect, 56-year-old Billy Stribling was located on the 6th floor of the building. Security staff escorted the officers to the elevator where they ascended to the 6th floor.

Upon the elevator doors opening on the 6th floor, the officers encountered Stribling, who was armed with a knife and an umbrella. Stribling raised the knife above his head and advanced towards the officers which resulted in an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) and simultaneous deployment of a 40mm less-lethal projectile. Stribling was struck by gunfire and by the less lethal projectile. He fell to the ground and was taken into custody without further incident. Officers at scene rendered aid to Stribling until the arrival of Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel. He was transported by rescue ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. No officers or bystanders were injured during this incident. A five-inch fixed blade knife was recovered at scene and booked as evidence.


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