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. Continue reading