LAPD calls off search for gunman who fired on patrol car in South LA – Los Angeles Times
The search for a gunman believed to be involved in the ambush of two police officers in South Los Angeles on Sunday night has been called off, officials said.
The search was called off just before 6 a.m. Monday, some nine hours after two men opened fire on a police patrol car driving southbound on Hoover Street near 62nd Street.
The shooting was “a completely unprovoked attack,” LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza told KTLA. The two officers were responding to an unrelated call when they were fired upon, officials said.
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 is 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 short stretch of Hoover Street between Gage Avenue and 62nd Street was not expected to be reopened until at least 10 a.m., Aguilar said.
Police recovered a rifle at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m.
A three-block area around the shooting scene was immediately cordoned off after the attack as police scoured the area with search dogs. A citywide tactical alert was initiated and at least 60 officers were involved in the search.
A citywide tactical alert is when every available officer in the city is ordered to a specific crime scene.
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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