LAPD release body cam of a man armed with ghost gun shot and killed by officers
On June 28, 2023, around 12:48 a.m., 77th Street Division uniformed officers conducted a traffic stop on a black 2016 Lexus in the rear parking lot of a Jack in the Box, located in the 7200 block of South Western Avenue. As the officers conducted their investigation with the lone male occupant of the vehicle, the officers heard multiple gunshots coming from a strip mall directly south of them.
The officers saw a male, later identified as 44-year-old Michael Meadows, through a short, wrought iron fence separating the two properties. Meadows was walking west toward an occupied, open business while firing multiple rounds from a handgun. The officers immediately engaged Meadows, resulting in an OIS. Meadows was struck by gunfire, causing him to drop the firearm and fall to the ground. Meadows was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.
A 9 mm semiautomatic “Ghost Gun” firearm, equipped with a threaded barrel sound suppressor capability and an empty six round Glock magazine, was recovered at scene. No officers or civilians were injured during this incident. The traffic stop was unrelated to the OIS and the driver of the vehicle was not injured.