Whittier cops, 1 suspect hurt in officer-involved shooting

Shattered glass was visible on the street next to a parked Whittier police SUV on Feb. 20 2017
Shattered glass was visible on the street next to a parked Whittier police SUV on Feb. 20 2017
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21 February, 2017

The shooting occurred around 8 a.m. Monday in the area of Mar Vista Street and Colima Road, according to Whittier police Officer John Scoggins.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the two officers responded to what they believed was a traffic accident in Whittier when a gang member who was "all tattooed up" began firing.

The officers, who had not yet been identified, approached the suspected gunman's vehicle completely unaware that it was stolen.

The suspect was asking passersby to help push his auto, according to police, and the suspect then opened fire on the officers with a handgun. The two officers were taken to LA County-USC Medical Center, where one was declared dead.

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"It's extremely tragic", Corina said.

Authorities have not released many other details, and it was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting. The wounded officer, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition.

Aerial video from KTLA showed partially shattered windows of a Whittier police SUV, as well as damage to a sedan and a weapon on its trunk.

The condition of those shot was not known.


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