Federal Officer Under Scrutiny for Firing Gun During L.A. Protest

No one was hit by agent's gunfire or otherwise injured..
Federal Officer Under Scrutiny for Firing Gun During L.A. Protest

by Steve Gorman | Reuters | July 15, 2014


Four people have been arrested and a Homeland Security officer is under investigation for firing his weapon during a weekend scuffle between pro-Israel demonstrators and Palestinian supporters outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles.

The altercation Sunday evening grew out of a shouting match between the occupants of two vehicles that escalated when several people from one vehicle were assaulted by suspects in the other, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.

An officer of the Federal Protective Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who witnessed the assault intervened and fired his weapon, but no one was hit by gunfire or otherwise injured, Sheriff’s Sergeant Carmen Arballo said.

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