Man livestreams LA police shootout
LOS ANGELES — A homicide suspect livestreamed on Facebook as he traded gunfire with police, eventually shooting a Los Angeles special weapons and tactics officer before a police round struck him, a law enforcement official said.
Both the suspect and officer, whose names have not been released, are expected to survive, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.
The official who spoke about the livestreaming was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official said the video, which captured at least part of the encounter, showed the man shouting as he pointed a handgun at officers with gunshots ringing around him. At one point he yells that the officers are “about to kill me.”
The man was one of four people wanted in connection with a gang-related killing in late March, Beck said.