Man killed in LAPD officer-involved shooting was Perris murder suspect

Man killed in LAPD officer-involved shooting was Perris murder suspect
A murder suspect was killed and an FBI agent was wounded Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at the Central Inn at 41st Street and Central Avenue in South Los Angeles (Google Street View)

LOS ANGELES — Authorities on Wednesday identified a murder suspect who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in South Los Angeles that left an FBI agent wounded.

Daniel Valdez, 70, of the Riverside County community of Perris, died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of a motel near 41st Street and Central Avenue.

LAPD officers and an FBI agent assigned to a gang and drug task force had gone to the Central Inn while investigating a July 31 fatal shooting when they came upon the suspect, who was armed, said Detective Meghan Aguilar of the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD officers fired their handguns, but it was unclear if the suspect fired any shots, she said.

“In that officer-involved shooting, the FBI agent was struck by gunfire, and he was transported to a local hospital” for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Aguilar said.

Valdez had been sought for shooting two family members at about 3:50 p.m. July 31 near 41st Place and Long Beach Avenue, according to police. Jason Ruelas, 43, died at the scene, and a man in his 50s was hospitalized. The victims were Valdez’s cousins, with whom he was in a dispute over real estate, according to CBS2.