A Los Angeles police officer has no firearms permit and is not licensed to carry a firearm, according to his attorney.
Lenny F. D’Elia Jr., 44, of Venice, California, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly shooting Christopher D’Esposito, 31, during an altercation at the L’Oréal Beauty store in the city’s Mission District early Friday morning, according the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
A witness told investigators that the two men were arguing when a witness saw D’Esconsito shoot D’Estes with a .357 Magnum handgun, prosecutors said.
DéEsposite was taken to a hospital where he died on Saturday.
D’Espoire was placed on administrative leave with pay, according a statement from the LAPD.
He has not yet been formally charged.
A representative for D’Ellia declined to comment.
A spokesman for L’Oreal said in a statement that it is aware of the incident but declined to provide additional information.
In a statement to The Associated Press, L’Ocean Spa said that D’Entosito’s death was a tragedy and it is cooperating with law enforcement authorities.
A statement from L’Enfant Plaza said that it was saddened by the death of our client Christopher DéEscosito.
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones at this difficult time.
We are working closely with law-enforcement agencies and will continue to monitor the situation as we gather additional information.
“A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said officers were dispatched to the Beauty store at about 1:20 a.m. after a witness reported seeing a man on the ground with a gunshot wound.
Police were called to the store to investigate.
They found D’Escositos body and arrested him without incident.
The investigation into the shooting was ongoing Saturday.