Crime & Justice

Man in Burbank McDonald's turns gun on himself after police shoot-out

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It was another typical night on Hollywood Way, at the McDonald's adjacent to the Burbank Airport — until shortly after midnight when the Burbank Police Department began receiving calls about a man causing a disturbance in the fast food restaurant.

"The officers started arriving and as they were arriving, the employees advised the dispatchers that he had told them he was armed with a gun," says Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

After evacuating the employees, police officers set up around the restaurant and noticed the suspect had a handgun.

"They tried to communicate with him to get him to come outside. He refused to comply. The suspect then fired rounds inside the McDonald's and at one point leveled the gun at the officers," Losacco says.

Three police officers fired back, striking him multiple times. 

He then jumped out of the McDonald's through a shattered window and into the drive-through area, where he turned the gun on himself.

He was transported from the scene and died either in the ambulance or at the hospital.

"The suspect appears to be a male adult," Losacco says. Other than that, Burbank Police didn't provide any further description.

No officers were injured during the incident.

It will be investigated by Burbank Police detectives as well as the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the Burbank Police Internal Affairs Bureau. In addition, the Office of Independent Review (OIR) will also analyze the response and subsequent investigation.