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Kevin Wicks, 38

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Kevin Wicks, 38, a black man was killed by an Inglewood police officer in the 100 block of North Hillcrest Blvd. in Inglewood about 12:30 a.m. Monday, July 21.

According to a statement from the Inglewood Police Department, officers responded to a radio call of a domestic disturbance at Wicks’ apartment. Police said officers knocked on the door, and Wicks opened it. ‘At one point while the door was ajar, the officers observed that Wicks was holding a handgun,’ the statement said. ‘Wicks then suddenly raised the handgun at the officers, which resulted in one officer firing his weapon in self-defense.’

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Wicks was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said a gun registered to Wicks was recovered at the scene. Several residents say the officers were at the wrong location, but police said that was not the case. Hours after the shooting, family members, residents and community activists gathered outside Wicks’ apartment complex to speak out against the shooting. Family members said Wicks worked for the U.S. Postal Service and had two daughters.

Police said they have placed Officer Brian Ragan, who’s been with the department for 5 1/2 years, on administrative leave following the shooting. Ragan was also placed on administrative leave May 11 for the shooting of Michael Byoune, 19, Larry White 19, and Chris Larkin 21. Byoune died from his wounds. This is the second officer-involved shooting this month in Inglewood. On July 1, 23-year-old Ruben Walton Ortega was shot to death in an alley during a foot pursuit.

Times staff writers Joanna Lin and Andrew Blankstein report more on Inglewood’s officer-involved shooting.

Also, Times staff writer Joel Rubin reports on Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton’s proposal to change how he and his command staff deal with officers who use serious force during altercations.

UPDATE: Inglewood Police Department release radio transcripts of disturbance call.

(You have reached the end of the weekly listing of homicide victims in Los Angeles County, July 20-27, 2008.)

This year in Los Angeles County there have been at total of 33 fatal shootings involving law enforcement officers. Only one officer, Randall Simons, 51, was killed in one of those shootings.

  • Glenn Boldware, 47, a black man, was hot and killed by an LAPD officer in the 1800 block of N. Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles about 2:15 a.m. Friday, Jan.14.
  • Edwin Rivera, 20, a young Latino man, was shot and killed by a sniper in a police standoff at 19828 Welby Way in Winnetka shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
  • Ariel Perez, 21, a young Latino, was shot and killed by an off-duty LAPD officer during a home invasion robbery at 250 Seaside Way in Long beach about 4:38 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
  • Carlos Castillos, 22, a young Latino man, was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting at the intersection of Park View Street and Ocean View Avenue near MacArthur Park at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.
  • Daniel Leon, 22, a young Latino man, was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting at the intersection of Drew Street and Estara avenues in Glassell Park at about noon Thursday, Feb. 21.
  • Byron San Jose, 25, a young Latino, was shot and killed by a police officer at Valerio Street and Kester Avenue in Van Nuys about 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.
  • Carlos Edwin Arevalo, 22, a Latino man, was killed in an officer-involved shooting at 3411 Loosmore St. in Cypress Park at about 6: 25 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29.
  • Maurice LeRoy Cox, 38, a black man, was killed in an officer-involved shooting at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue in Hyde Park about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Cox’s family has filed a lawsuit against LAPD for the shooting.
  • Lawrence Smith, 24, a young black man, was fatally shot in an officer-involved shooting at 5160 Vineland Ave. in North Hollywood at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.
  • Ryan Daniel Gonzalez, a 26-year-old Latino man, was shot by an off-duty deputy U.S. marshal behind 7315 Melrose Ave. in hollywood just before midnight Wednesday, March 5.
  • Sergio Jose Rojas, 21, a young Latino man, was shot multiple times in an officer-involved shooting at the Ramona Gardens Housing Development in Boyle Heights about 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.
  • Marco Ernesto Avila, 33, a Latino man, was shot and killed by police officers at the intersection of Watson Avenue and L Street in Wilmington about 8:55 p.m. Thursday, March 13.
  • Rodney Carl Sandberg, 24, a white man, was shot multiple times inside a trailer home in an officer-involved shooting at 1820 Torrance Blvd in Torrance about 9:44 p.m. Saturday, March 15.
  • Sergio Sedillo, 26, a Latino man, was killed in a gun battle with police officers at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Eubank Avenue in Wilmington about 2:51 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.
  • Daniel Gonzalez, 28, a Latino man, was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting in Glendale about 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 31.
  • Jonathan Taylor, 24, a young black man, was killed during a gun battle with police officer from El Segundo Police Departmen about 10:15 p.m. Friday, April 11.
  • Fernando Cortez, 21, a young Latino man, was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in the 1500 block of East 92nd Street in Florence about 5:55 p.m. Saturday, April 12.
  • Richard Dale, a 54-year-old white man, was killed by officers from the Torrance Police Department about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19.
  • Marco Gomez, 31, a Latino man, was killed in an officer-involved shooting in the 1400 block of 23rd Street in South Los Angeles about 11:05 p.m. Friday, May 2.
  • Michael Byoune, 19, was shot and killed by Inglewood police officers in the 3000 block of Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, May 11.
  • Samuel Om, a 21-year-old Asian man, was fatally shot at the intersection of West 7th Street and Westmore Avenue in the Westlake area about 12:15 a.m. Monday, May 13.
  • Glenn Patrick Rose, 25, a white man, was shot and killed by deputies and officers while driving a pickup truck in the 300 block of 1st Avenue in Covina about 2:07 a.m. Tuesday, May 13.
  • Roketi Su’e, 46, a Samoan man, was shot and killed by Long Beach police officers in the 3400 block of East 67th Street in Long Beach about 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
  • Carlos Rivera, 17, a Latino youth, was fatally shot by officers from LAPD’s Newton Division in the 100 block of East 45th Street near Exposition Park about 7:20 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
  • Ilda Ebe Grasso, 52, a Latina woman, was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting at Hellman and Garfield avenues in Alhambra about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.
  • Bryan Moore, 26, a black man, was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in the 1000 block of East 150th Street in Compton on Thursday, June 26.
  • Ruben Walton Ortega, 23, a young black man, was shot and killed by an Inglewood police officers in the 11100 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in Inglewood about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 1.
  • Kevin Wicks, 38, a black man, listed above, was killed by Inglewood police officers in the 100 block of North Hillcrest Boulevard in Inglewood about 12:30 a.m. Monday, July 21.
  • Jesse More, 56, a black man, was shot and killed by police officers at Central Avenue and Wilde Street in downtown Los Angeles about 10:20 p.m.Thursday, July 31.
  • Eric Liebowitz, 35, a white man, was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting in 5800 block of Balcom Avenue in Encino about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.
  • Gerardo Arvallo, 32 a Latino man, was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team in the 3100 block of Los Flores Boulevard in Lynwood about 11:30 Monday, Aug. 11.
  • Freddie Felix Franco, 56, a Latino man, was shot and killed by Inglewood Police officers at Market Street and Hillcrest Boulevard in Inglewood about Sunday, Aug. 31.

Update: The total number of officer-involved shootings is now up to 33 in Los Angeles County. This section was updated Thursday, Sept. 4.

-Ruben Vives/LAT


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