LAPD of­fi­cers shoot, wound sus­pect

Po­lice say man pulled gun on of­fi­cers af­ter a two-hour pur­suit that ended in El Monte.

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - By Ruben Vives and Kate Mather ruben.vives@latimes.com kate.mather@latimes.com

A man sus­pected of as­sault­ing a woman in South Los An­ge­les was shot by LAPD of­fi­cers af­ter a twohour pur­suit that ended in El Monte.

The sus­pect, whose name has not been re­leased, was wounded dur­ing the sec­ond of two shoot­ings that hap­pened in the San Gabriel Val­ley city. LAPD Of­fi­cer Matt Lud­wig said the man had a gun.

Lud­wig said two of­fi­cers re­sponded about 1 a.m. Fri­day to a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence call in the 9300 block of Firth Boule­vard. The two of­fi­cers were speak­ing with the fe­male vic­tim when they no­ticed the male sus­pect driv­ing away in a white Toy­ota mini­van.

“They at­tempted to do a traf­fic stop, but he did not stop and a pur­suit started,” Lud­wig said. The chase was at low speeds, he said.

“At some point dur­ing the pur­suit, he called CHP and no­ti­fied them that he was armed,” Lud­wig said of the sus­pect.

Once in El Monte, the man stopped the mini­van at Cog­well Road and El­liot Av­enue and got out. Of­fi­cers opened fire.

LAPD Lt. John Je­nal said it was un­clear what ex­actly hap­pened dur­ing that shoot­ing, but he said there was no ini­tial ev­i­dence to sug­gest that the man had been struck. The sus­pect got back into his ve­hi­cle and drove off.

Lud­wig said of­fi­cers used a spike strip to dis­able and stop the mini­van, but the man con­tin­ued driv­ing with flat tires. The mini­van came to a stop about half a mile away from the scene of the first shoot­ing, at Moun­tain View Road and Val­ley Boule­vard.

The man got out of the ve­hi­cle hold­ing a blan­ket. He dropped it at one point and bran­dished a gun, ac­cord­ing to Je­nal and Lud­wig. Of­fi­cers fired again.

The sus­pect was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, Lud­wig said.

Je­nal called the in­ci­dent “very com­plex” and said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into both of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ings — rou­tine af­ter such in­ci­dents — were in their pre­lim­i­nary stages. Po­lice said no of­fi­cers were in­jured.

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