38th year  -  N° 277                 Wednesday, 4 October 2023         Antwerpen		
Is it My Body? Someone I Might Be?
BirthFactDeath (-)
Friday 28th of February 1997

26 years ago There Were Two and a Half Minutes of Uninterrupted Gunfire

Bank robber Emil Decebal Mătăsăreanu dies from trauma due to excessive blood loss coming from two gunshot wounds in his left thigh at the age of 31 in Bank of America, 6600 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, North Hollywood, California, United States.

About an hour earlier Mătăsăreanu and Larry Phillips entered and robbed the bank but were confronted by LAPD officers when they exited the bank and a shootout between the officers and robbers ensued. The robbers attempted to flee the scene, Phillips on foot and Mătăsăreanu in their getaway car, while continuing to exchange fire with the officers. Mătăsăreanu took cover behind the getaway car and engaged them two-and-a-half minutes of almost uninterrupted gunfire. One SWAT officer fired his AR-15 below the cars and wounded Mătăsăreanu in his unprotected lower legs; he was soon unable to continue and put his hands up to show surrender. The police radioed for an ambulance but Mătăsăreanu, loudly swearing profusely and goading the police to shoot him, died before the ambulance and EMTs were allowed to reach the scene almost 70 minutes later.