Los Angeles Times

3 officers shot, suspect dead


the line of fire, law enforcemen­t sources said. They were taken to the hospital by ambulances.

Labrada said all three of the officers were able to speak and that their families were at the hospital.

At some point during the incident, an unknown number of officers fired at the suspect, Labrada said.

The suspect was confirmed dead Wednesday night by police officials several hours after the officers were shot.

The cause and manner of the suspect’s death were not disclosed.

The LAPD’s force investigat­ion division is investigat­ing the shooting by police, Labrada said, while the Robbery-Homicide Division is investigat­ing the shooting that injured the officers.

“I deeply appreciate their service, and let them know that their city stands with them,” Mayor Karen Bass said at the news conference. “And I very much look forward to their recovery. My heart goes out to the officers’ families who tonight got the phone call, or the knock on the door, that they dread every day that their loved ones go on duty.”

The suspect had a lengthy criminal record and in January was charged with battery on a police officer and possession of a

firearm by a prohibited person in connection with an incident late last year, according to court records and law enforcemen­t sources.

In the aftermath of the shooting, officers, including those in full tactical gear, swarmed the Lincoln Heights site, where blockades had been erected.

A helicopter was broadcasti­ng to residents to remain inside and lock their doors.

A special weapons and tactics team with armored vehicles arrived at the scene shortly before 8 p.m.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said on Twitter that he was monitoring the night’s events.

Sets of drones and helicopter­s swirled around an

empty Lincoln Park Recreation Center as officers shut down parts of Valley Boulevard near the active crime scene.

A handful of joggers still ran and worked out in sweats near a children’s playground that was closed for remodeling.

One runner said she was turned around by police and told to head to the easternmos­t end of the park.

Lincoln Heights resident Juan Valdivia, 37, cut short his walk around the park with his 7-year-old beagle, Lucy.

“All the noise from the choppers was bothering her, so we’re going to head back home,” Valdivia said. “There’s a lot of action tonight. A lot of noise.”

 ?? Jason Armond Los Angeles Times ?? A LOS ANGELES police officer secures the scene where three colleagues were shot in Lincoln Heights.
Jason Armond Los Angeles Times A LOS ANGELES police officer secures the scene where three colleagues were shot in Lincoln Heights.

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