CALIFORNIA – (LAPD) – On October 2, 2021, around 11:00 a.m., a woman was walking in the area of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Grisha Alaverdyan, approached the woman and stabbed her in the stomach. Friends of the woman flagged down a LAPD sergeant who requested additional units.
With additional units at scene, Alaverdyan was given directions that he did not comply with. While armed with the knife, he moved toward the officers, resulting in an officer-involved shooting and the use of a beanbag shotgun. Alaverdyan was struck by both gunfire and the beanbag round.
Both the woman who had been stabbed, and Alaverdyan were transported to local hospitals for medical treatment.
Alaverdyan was booked for Attempt Murder.
The knife Alaverdyan was armed with was recovered at scene.
No officers were injured during the incident.
LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division.
The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer was reasonable.