Transcript: LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon’s remarks at the 4 p.m. press briefing on the fatal shooting in LAX

Thank you. Just a couple of things from my end. The officers that were involved in this incident – obviously this was a traumatic incident for anyone. None of my officers were injured in this particular incident but they’re doing well.

We took a quick look at a little bit of a timeline. 9:22 a.m. is about the time that we became aware that this incident had occurred. Airport police officers were on scene immediately and began to move after that particular individual – the suspect – as he proceeded through Terminal 3. They eventually caught him – they caught up with him near the rear of the terminal and that is where an officer-involved shooting occurred.

There’s been some information that we had made some changes in security here at the airport as it relates to officers assigned to our terminals and that is correct. We constantly evaluate our deployment of people, our strategies, our tactics in dealing with individuals and with potential incidents like this.

And in fact, many of you have probably traveled through an airport over the years and saw a police officer at a podium just behind the screening area. About a year ago, when I got here, I thought our officers needed to be out in front of the screening area rather than behind the screening area. And so whatever information is out there regarding not having deploying enough officers, that’s not the case. Or that if our officers haven’t been deployed correctly, that is not the case also. Our officers were deployed where they were supposed to be and performed heroically in this particular matter.

It is a big job to get this place re-populated and to get people back onto their airplanes. The information that Gina Marie Lindsey provided to each of you is important.

But I want to thank individuals at the Los Angeles police department obviously, who are our everyday partners here and have done an amazing job and providing tremendous resources. But we also have resources from the LA County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, Hawthorne PD, Inglewood PD, all of our surrounding law enforcement partners in this particular effort.

And in California, and especially in Los Angeles, there’s not an incident that can be run singularly by any one person or any one agency. It is a combined effort.

And I have to say that nothing is ever perfect but here our relationship worked well together and I think everybody performed well. There will be things that we can improve but nonetheless I think just overall worked very very well.

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