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North Hollywood Shootout: Bank of America- North Hollywood, California
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member calgriz
N 34° 11.486 W 118° 23.780
11S E 371337 N 3784262
Quick Description: Bank of America branch robbery & shootout in North Hollywood California. Called the "North Hollywood Shootout".
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2014 7:34:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMKJVE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tozainamboku
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Long Description:
"The North Hollywood shootout was an armed confrontation between two
heavily armed and armored bank robbers and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles on February 28, 1997. Both robbers were killed, eleven police officers and seven civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and police.
At 9:17 AM, Larry Phillips, Jr. and Emil Matasareanu entered and robbed the North Hollywood Bank of America branch. Phillips and Matasareanu were confronted by LAPD officers when they exited the bank and a shootout between the officers and robbers ensued. The two robbers attempted to flee the scene, Phillips on foot and Matasareanu in their getaway vehicle,

while continuing to engage the officers. The shootout continued onto a residential street adjacent to the bank until Phillips was mortally
wounded, including by a self-inflicted gunshot wound; Matasareanu was
killed by officers three blocks away. Phillips and Matasareanu are
believed to have robbed at least two other banks using virtually identical methods by taking control of the entire bank and firing automatic weapons chambered in intermediate cartridges for control and entry past 'bullet-proof' security doors, and are possible suspects in two armored vehicle robberies.

Local patrol officers at the time were typically armed with their standard issue 9 mm or .38 Special pistols, with some having a 12-gauge shotgun available in their cars. Phillips and Matasareanu carried illegally modified fully automatic Norinco Type 56 S-1s, a Bushmaster XM15 Dissipator, and a HK-91 rifle with high capacity drum magazines and ammunition capable of penetrating vehicles and police Kevlar vests. The bank robbers wore body armor which successfully deflected bullets and shells fired by the responding patrolmen. SWAT eventually arrived bearing sufficient firepower, and they commandeered an armored truck to evacuate the wounded. Several officers also appropriated AR-15 rifles from a nearby firearms dealer. The incident sparked debate on the need for patrol officers to upgrade their capabilities in similar situations in the
future.

Due to the large number of injuries, rounds fired, weapons used, and
overall length of the shootout, it is regarded as one of the longest and bloodiest events in American police history." LINK:
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Bank of America
6600 Laurel Canyon Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 9160
Date of crime: 2/28/1997

Public access allowed: yes

Fee required: no

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