Man in overturned car is fatally shot by gunman from SUV that smashed into his vehicle

A 32-year-old man was killed with a gunshot as he lay in his overturned car, which had flipped over after it was rammed by a sport utility vehicle.

The bizarre slaying occurred Wednesday about 10 p.m. in Reseda near Gault Street and Crebs Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Investigators have determined that just before the killing, a black SUV rammed the man’s red sedan from behind, causing it to smash into parked cars and flip over.


The man, identified by the coroner’s office as Sarkis Benarbachian, was trapped in the sedan when an unidentified gunman got out of the SUV, came over and fired a round, police said.

The gunman fled in the SUV. It’s unclear how many people were in the SUV.

An unidentified passerby pulled Benarbachian from his car and alerted police. Paramedics pronounced Benarbachian dead at the scene.

Police did not release any information about a possible suspect.

Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to contact Det. John Doerbecker, an investigator in the LAPD’s Valley Bureau Homicide Division, at (818) 374-1943.

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Jan. 20, 8:21 p.m.: This article was updated with the identity of the victim.

This article was originally published January 19 at 7:15 p.m.