2 gun­men open fire on Los An­ge­les po­lice car

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY TAMI ABDOLLAH

Two men opened fire on a po­lice car pa­trolling a tough part of Los An­ge­les, but the two of­fi­cers inside were not in­jured and one was able to shoot back, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day. One of the sus­pects was later ar­rested and the other is on the loose.

The shoot­ing oc­curred amid height­ened ten­sions over at­tacks on po­lice else­where in the U.S. after grand juries de­clined to in­dict white of­fi­cers in the killings of un­armed black men.

Po­lice have not yet de­ter­mined a mo­tive for the Sun­day night shoot­ing in South Los An­ge­les — an area plagued by gang vi­o­lence — but said there were no in­di­ca­tions it was linked to other at­tacks on po­lice in the coun­try.

“It was a com­plete un­pro­voked at­tack,” LAPD Deputy Chief Bob Green said ini­tially. “They were just driv­ing on the street, and somebody struck out and tried to kill two po­lice­men.”

How­ever, Green later said po­lice also were look­ing into whether the of­fi­cers might have driven into an on­go­ing in­ci­dent and were in­ad­ver­tently fired at.

“Last night the ini­tial as­sess­ment, based on the re­ac­tion of of­fi­cers and the adren­a­line fac­tor, was they were get­ting am­bushed, but, you know, things change and it takes a lot to in­ves­ti­gate this,” Green said.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested one man shortly after the at­tack. Christo­pher Tay­lor, 18, was booked on sus­pi­cion of shoot­ing at an oc­cu­pied ve­hi­cle.

An hours-long search fol­lowed for the other man, but he re­mained at large. Po­lice found a hand­gun and ri­fle at the scene, and were look­ing for video ev­i­dence and con­duct­ing in­ter­views to de­ter­mine de­tails such as why and how the shoot­ing oc­curred.

The two of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing to an un­re­lated ra­dio call and driv­ing slowly in a neigh­bor­hood when they saw two men on a side­walk and the flash of a ri­fle be­ing fired, po­lice said.

The of­fi­cers stopped their car, and one got out and re­turned fire as the men fled. Po­lice found one sus­pect, un­in­jured, a short time later along with a ri­fle and another weapon.

Po­lice searched the neigh­bor­hood through­out the night for the other sus­pect, warn­ing nearby res­i­dents to stay in their homes. Po­lice stopped the search early Mon­day after the sus­pect was not found.

Chief Charlie Beck said at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day that he was con­cerned that peo­ple might be tar­get­ing of­fi­cers but added that the neigh­bor­hood had been marred by gang vi­o­lence dur­ing the past sev­eral months and there had been a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of gang shoot­ings.

The shoot­ing comes as pro­test­ers in Cal­i­for­nia and across the coun­try have ral­lied for weeks against po­lice killings of un­armed black men in Mis­souri and New York.

The killing of two New York City of­fi­cers in their pa­trol car has de­part­ments on edge across the coun­try.

The New York gun­man am­bushed the of­fi­cers then killed him­self after post­ing threats on­line, in­clud­ing ref­er­ences to the fa­tal shoot­ing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri, and the choke­hold death of Eric Gar­ner in New York City. Both were killed by white of­fi­cers.

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