LAPD ambush: Police call off massive search for second gunman – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

The search for a gunman believed to be involved in an attack on two police officers in South Los Angeles on Sunday night was called off just before 6 a.m. today, officials said.

A citywide tactical alert was called after the incident in which two men opened fire on a police patrol car driving southbound on Hoover Street near 62nd Street. Officers said they saw a man step off a curb, aim and shoot at them.

“It was an ambush,” said Deputy Chief Bob Green. “They were fired upon without any prior contact with the suspects.” 

The alert remained in effect as police conducted the search, which came less than two weeks after two New York police officers were fatally shot in an ambush. A short stretch of Hoover Street near 62nd could remain closed to traffic until noon, according to police.

The two officers were responding to an unrelated call when they were fired upon by a rifleman about 9:30 p.m., officials said. Police recovered a rifle at the scene of the shooting.

One man was taken into custody as a person of interest shortly after the shooting and was being questioned, Det. Meghan Aguilar said Monday morning. But a second gunman was still on the loose, she said.

“We do not have a face or a name; there are leads that investigators are following up on,” Aguilar said. “This is obviously a dangerous individual who does not belong on the streets of Los Angeles.”

Despite the surprise attack, neither officer was hurt and they were able to return fire, officials said.

A three-block area around the shooting scene was immediately cordoned off after the attack as police scoured the area with search dogs. 

Just before 11 p.m. LAPD advised residents to stay indoors. “Armed suspect in the area,” the police station said on Facebook. “Please keep our officers in your thoughts and prayers!”

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UPDATE

7:49 a.m.: Updated with new information throughout.

The post was originally published at 6:55 a.m.

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