LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A suspect is dead after he allegedly ambushed two LAPD officers in what police are calling a random attack late on Sunday evening, NBC 4 reported.
Authorities have not yet released many details surrounding the shooting, but confirmed that the officers were fired upon in at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Lombardy Boulevard and Alhambra Avenue, located east of downtown Los Angeles.
“These things can happen,” LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. “These officers were not looking for anyone. Again, they were just on patrol in the area, and he fired upon them unprovoked.”
According to reports, the officers were in their marked patrol car and were stopped at a traffic light. That’s when a man on the street corner allegedly pulled out a handgun and began shooting at the two officers.
Police say the report was unprovoked. The officers did not immediately return fire. Amazingly, the officers were not injured by any of the flying rounds, but the vehicle was struck at least once.
After the initial burst of gunfire, the suspect allegedly ran away from the officers. The two officers jumped from their cruiser and followed the man as he ran into an alley. As he fled, the suspect continued to fire rounds at police. The officers fired back, striking the suspect and bringing him to the ground.
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The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was transferred to a local hospital but was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Police say the suspect was in his 30’s.
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NBC 4 aired a story about the officer involved shooting.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police are still looking for a potential motive behind why the suspect opened fire without provocation.
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