Armed robbery suspect shot and killed by police in Reseda

An investigation is underway Thursday after an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. 

LAPD and SWAT served a search and arrest warrant around 5:10 a.m. at an apartment in the 7900 block of Reseda Boulevard in Los Angeles' Reseda neighborhood. 

The suspect, Zeff Rocco, was wanted for a series of robberies. 

According to the police department, SWAT surrounded the apartment complex and ordered Rocco to surrender. 

He failed to comply and climbed over the third-story balcony of the apartment, armed with an assault rifle. He then jumped to the ground, but in doing so, he dropped the rifle. Once on the ground, he attempted to reach for the rifle and police say as he got a grip on the weapon, officers fired at him.

Rocco was taken to a hospital where he later died. 


According to a statement from the department, the rifle Rocco was armed with was determined to be a 5.56 caliber semiautomatic Ghost Gun. The rifle was loaded with 39 rounds, and had an additional loaded magazine secured to the weapon. 

Credit: LAPD

No officers or members of the community were injured.