At 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, LAPD Chief Michel Moore tweeted this message: “Following closely tonight’s violent encounter resulting in 3 officers being shot. Reports from hospital have all three in stable condition. Ongoing tactical scene with outstanding gunman.”
The shooting to which the chief referring to took place in Lincoln Heights about 6 p.m. Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Police Department called a tactical alert after the shooting. SWAT and others flooded the area, advising residents to stay inside their homes, as the police worked to apprehend the subject.
The sequence of events initially began when officers were sent from the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Station to locate a parolee.
At first they didn’t find him. But eventually the officers did locate the parolee barricaded in a shed in the area of North Broadway at Mission Road.. He reportedly failed to comply with verbal orders.
The Hollenbeck officers called for a K-9 unit from the Metro, which subsequently arrived on the scene. Somewhere during the following efforts to get the man out of the shed, the suspect did burst out from the structure, and opened fire hitting three officers.
One of the officers was shot multiple times.
The officers initially appear to have gone the older Lincoln Heights neighborhood made up of single-family homes at around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, in search of the parolee who would become the shooter. The shootings that injured the three officers reportedly took place approximately two plus hours later at the 3800 block of Broadway near Mission.
Once the injured officers were taken to LAC+USC Medical Center the scene was flooded with new officers and SWAT.
Late Wednesday evening the word went out that the suspect had been located and was dead. The circumstances of the suspect’s death have not been announced as of this writing.
Around 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, LASD Sheriff Robert Luna Tweeted the following:
“Our prayers are with the @LAPDHQ and their families tonight. Being a Peace Officer is a noble and dangerous profession. @LASDHQ Deputies are here to assist LAPD, and provide additional resources if needed.”
WitnessLA’s thoughts too are with the injured officers and their families.
All three injured officers were part of the Metro K-9 unit. They are all expected to survive and, as of late Wednesday night, all three were able to speak when their families were with them at the hospital.