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Officer Involved Shooting-K9 Rotar injured

Officer Involved Shooting-K9 Rotar injured

On 01-06-16 at 01:00 am, officers were dispatched to a call of a male brandishing a weapon in the 1100 block of East Chapman Avenue. A veteran police officer detained a male matching the description who was armed with a knife.  

The suspect has been identified as Jimmy Lastra (42) of Artesia. Officers on scene ordered Mr. Lastra to drop the knife multiple times.  He repeatedly refused commands to drop the knife and officers utilized non-lethal sponge rounds in attempts to disarm Mr. Lastra.  Mr. Lastra still refused to comply with commands to drop his weapon and K9 Rotar was deployed in an attempt to take Mr. Lastra into custody. 

Mr. Lastra turned his knife onto K9 Rotar and an officer involved shooting occurred. Mr. Lastra was shot and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries which are non-life threatening. Mr. Lastra has an outstanding warrant for his arrest for assault and battery and is facing several charges related to this incident. 

K9 Rotar was treated for minor injuries at Yorba Regional Animal Hospital and is expected to return to work in about a week.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating the shooting.

The Fullerton Police Department is encouraging anyone with information on this shooting to contact the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6800. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1(855) TIP-OCCS or go to www.occrimestoppers.org.