Arrest Made in Pedro Morales Killing

The arrest followed a "dramatic" pursuit, according to an LAPD announcement.

Los Angeles Police Department officers on Tuesday evening arrested a suspect believed responsible for the shooting death of Pedro Morales near the corner of Avenue 53 and Monte Vista Street.

LAPD Northeast officials announced the news on their Twitter page on Tuesday evening.

The arrest took place at around 5 p.m. near the Franklin High School football field, according to witness reports.

"It was a dramatic foot pursuit, perimeter, K9 search and arrest," according to a post on LAPD Northeast's Facebook page.

Morales and his brother--who was not named by police--following an altercation in front of an apartment building near Ave. 53 and Monte Vista street on Saturday, July 7 at  around 6:20 p.m.

Morales' brother suffered a non-fatal wound to his shoulder.

More details as we get them.

jeffro July 11, 2012 at 06:10 AM
good work. i hope it's the right guy and it sticks.
Yage July 11, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Good news for the community and the LAPD: one less idiot and violent criminal on the streets. It's a sisyphean battle, to be sure, but one worth waging. I know I've given police forces my fair share of disdain when it comes to their attitudes on occasion, the surveillance culture, and how they react with protesters and such, but I have never had any problem with combatting crime real, violent, senseless crime; which is, after all, why citizens create police forces in the first place. According to recent articles on this site and police press releases, it seems that these gangs are youngsters and it's an idiotic game of turf war. It's not hard to imagine that they are trying to emulate bigger, far more violent gangs that are involved in illegal drugs and theft. Now, if we would legalize drugs like marijuana, and even cocaine or heroin, we could undercut the power of these gangs by crippling the black market, thus removing the prestige that surrounds gangs, which causes young idiots like the above suspect to imagine themselves living a life of gang member glory.
Jonathan Thymius July 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Right on Yage!
krd July 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I came overtop Ave 52/Fig/Monte Vista around 6 last night and saw THREE police cruisers in the vicinity. THREE! Finally some action and finally someone caught. These little brats need to grow the f up and learn violence is no way to get ahead in the world. Go to school or get a job and stay away from the influence. Rise up and take control of your own lives my young brothers!
Izzy July 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
edem July 11, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Well said.
Gil July 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Good job . Hope its the right person. and There is still alot of work to be done in Northeast L.A..
cris July 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
finally we can get justice ...
Wayne Turner July 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THEY GOT THE RIGHT PERSON. AND DON'T HAVE TO PAY WITNESSES TO LIE AND WITHHOLD EVIDENCE LIKE THEY DID IN THIS CASE. SOMEONE SAID THAT PEOPLE WON'T GET INVOLVED UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO THEM. Learn of the injustice that Matthew Turner has suffered at the hands of DA Andrea Pott and NORTHEAST DETECTIVES HAROLD DICORCE, LISA GOVERNO AND JOSE CARRILLO .A CASE FILLED WITH DA AND LAPD MISCONDUCT.Please hear a "Mother's Cry For Justice" it's a video by Mina Turner, Matthew's mother. It is a heartfelt cry for help, to someone that is willing to take on the task of exposing the injustice that Matthew has encountered through our legal system. Actually there were somethings that were done by the DA and the LAPD intentionally, to secure a conviction for this innocent man. A Mother's Cry For Justice http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/matthew-turner-defense-team-releases-cry-for-justice#youtube_video-7236024 MATTHEW TURNER WRONGFULLY CONVICTED (A MUST SEE VIDEO) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBfhe-1cyA&list=UUVFN9yay2ebhHf-NebPSG6w&index=3&feature=plcp FREE MATTHEW TURNER Website www.freematthewturner.com Please Sign Our Petition http://www.change.org/petitions/free-matthew-turner-case-ba360333 Summary Of Facts https://www.facebook.com/notes/evangelist-wayne-turner/summary-of-facts-in-the-matthew-turner-case-ba-360333/228169317215855
Nimby pimp July 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
A tip of the cap to the men in blue.
Nimby pimp July 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
A tip of the cap to the men and women in blue.
HLPSUCKS July 12, 2012 at 07:48 AM
i grew up in highland park and been around the streets and as far as i know and seen and all that comes from being in the streets.these crimes happen because a lil boy thinks he can do this type of crime to be considered a man.Drug dealers can't stand it, when they hear about shootings or bs that a "youngster" causes.Why?because it brings un wanted heat.Thats why i don't understand why ppl got to throw in the drug dealer.From what i know Alcohol which is a drug, and legal, is one of the main things these youngsters are on when they do these type of things,,Ive lost so many friends to these streets and its sad to see the lives lost over "American Me" dreams..So much wasted talent
Wayne July 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I knew Peter he was a good dude left behind 3 children 2 brothers and a sister Mom and Dad are alive as well. my blessing to the family. Sincerely, Wayne Rollins
luisa October 30, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Rest in paradise Peter! Innocent life taken so soon.


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