Who is William Dorsey Jones? Wiki, Biography, Age, LAPD Officer, Shot Teen Girl, Arrested

William Dorsey Jones

William Dorsey Jones Wiki – William Dorsey Jones Biography

William Dorsey Jones is identified as a Los Angeles police officer who killed an assault suspect and a 14-year-old bystander in a shooting at a Burlington store in North Hollywood two days before Christma, according to multiple sources.

The LAPD has withheld the officer’s name “pending department review processes,” despite having promised to be transparent about the incident and releasing video Monday in which Jones is not only visible but also referred to by his last name by other officers.


His age is unclear.

Incident Details

One caller to 911 who identified herself as an employee had told a dispatcher that the suspect, later identified as Daniel Elena-Lopez, was assaulting customers with a bike lock in the store. Another caller said another dispatcher, incorrectly, that the suspect had a gun.

Elena-Lopez did not have a gun.

According to the video, Jones reached the top of an escalator to the store’s second floor, where Elena-Lopez had just beaten a woman with the bike lock, and the officer then moved quickly with his rifle drawn to the front of a group of other officers armed with handguns and projectile weapons.

When Jones spotted the bloodied woman who had been beaten on the floor, he shouted, “She’s bleeding!” and rushed forward again as other officers told him to slow down.

Within seconds, Jones had reached the victim, turned to his right and fired three rounds at Elena-Lopez, who was moving away from Jones and the victim at the opposite end of a shopping aisle.

Jones killed Elena-Lopez in the shooting and 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who was hiding in a nearby dressing room with her mother when one of Jones’ rounds penetrated the dressing room wall and struck her.

The shooting immediately drew outrage and condemnation for the officers’ actions, particularly those of Jones — whom activists and independent journalists quickly identified from the video. At a news conference Valentina’s family held in front of police headquarters Wednesday, activists held up handmade “Wanted” posters with Jones’ picture and name, calling for him to be arrested and charged in the shooting.

Police Report

Police have said the investigation into the shooting will be thorough, with investigators reviewing every officer’s action involved. The California Department of Justice is also conducting an independent investigation.

Jones appeared to be assigned to the North Hollywood station and was the founder in 2020 of a nonprofit called Officers for Change, which aimed to support city kids and bolster their relationship with police officers.

“Policing is more than Law Enforcement … Using our Sworn platform to Educate, Inspire, Mentor & Motivate,” the nonprofit’s website read before it was taken down after the shooting.

The nonprofit sought “to lead the community by giving to those in need, as well as providing support for our first responders,” the site read. “100% of your gifts & donations will help support causes for awareness, provide clothing, school supplies, food, athletic equipment and more to disadvantaged and at-risk youth.”

The page was still visible Wednesday via the Wayback Machine, an internet archive website.