Los Angeles police have given protection to Officer Archie Nagao in response to death threats made against him by associates of Asian crime gang members killed in a Chinatown shoot-out last year, authorities said Tuesday.
Nagao's partner, Duane Johnson, was killed in the exchange of gunfire.
Alhambra police stopped four Asian men in a car Dec. 18 and seized a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Mac-10 machine pistol, police said. Those arrests occurred a day before the first anniversary of the shoot-out at the Jin Hing Jade and Jewelry store that left two robbers dead, a third wounded and the store owner's son wounded.
Cmdr. William Booth, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, said the department was aware of a rumor that associates of the Asian gang members killed in the Chinatown shoot-out were going to kill "the Japanese officer" involved in the incident.