Federal Agent Fires Shot at Pro-Israel Rally in Westwood

A federal protective services officer fired a shot around 5:45 p.m., but no one was struck, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the L.A. County Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.
Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.

Originally posted at 11:03 p.m. July 13, 2014. Edited with new details.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for wielding wooden poles during an altercation with people in another vehicle as they left a pro-Israel rally at the Federal Building in Westwood, and a federal officer harmlessly opened fire during the melee, officials said today.

The rally took place at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue and was attended by about 500 people. It followed one Saturday in support of Palestinians, but pro-Palestinian protesters decrying Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip also showed up Sunday.

A Federal Protective Services officer from the Department of Homeland Security, "having witnessed the assault involving the people with wooden poles, intervened and an officer-involved shooting occurred," said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. No injuries were reported in the assault, she said.

The four men were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, said Sgt. Keith Ho of the Sheriff's West Hollywood Station. Authorities did not say which side in the conflict the four supported.

What prompted the federal officer to open fire and the officer's post- shooting status were not immediately reported.

--City News Service

PHIL HENDRICKS July 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM
lloyd is always a hoot.
Penny Arévalo July 14, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Followup story here: http://centurycity.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/3-of-4-men-arrested-at-proisrael-rally-released-officer-who-fired-shot-on-paid-leave
Robert Alphenaar July 14, 2014 at 07:56 PM
So firing rockets is now just a "protest"?
jammer July 20, 2014 at 09:35 AM
"a federal officer harmlessly opened fire during the melee, officials said". Only a Gestapo agent is capable of harmlessly opening fire. Anyone else would be arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated.
Buster July 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM
Don't worry Jammer, the federal agents will investigate themselves and eventually find no wrong doing... That's how they do business


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