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01-09-08, 10:29 PM #1Corporal
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One officer shot, One injured...
Gardena ,Ca PD officer was shot at 11 o'clock today ,just south of
the intersection of Rosecrans ave and Normandie ,when he attempted to
contact (3) possible gang members crossing the street.all 3 suspects
immediately fled E/bound and the officer gave chase,then was engaged
in a gun battle with one of the suspects.In the ensuing gun fight the
officer was seriously wounded twice in the leg. This incident led to
an exhaustive community search and large perimeter in which Officers
from Gardena PD,Torrance PD,El Camino College PD,LASD transit and
Lennox/Century/Carson Stations, LAPD Harbor division ,Hawthorne PD,LA
School district PD, LA Airport PD, and CHP coordinated to locate the
suspect.during the search a Hawthorne ,Ca PD officer was also injured
in a fall while searching for the suspects.currently ,although
evidence has been located ,the 3 suspects remain at large.....
01-09-08, 10:42 PM #2Corporal
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Gardena Officer Shot; Manhunt Underway For Three Suspects
Last Edited: Wednesday, 09 Jan 2008, 5:07 PM PST Created: Wednesday, 09 Jan 2008, 4:01 PM PST Gardena Officer Shot
Gardena -- Three young men were being sought Wednesday in the wounding of a Gardena police officer, who was shot twice in a leg, police said.
The officer saw "some suspicion people running and went to stop them" near Normandie and Rosecrans avenues at 11:44 a.m., said Gardena police Lt. Ed Burnett. "They scattered, and he chased them, with a gun battle ensuing."
Several shots were fired, he said, and the officer was wounded in a leg, "his upper right I believe," he said.
The officer, a veteran in law enforcement but who's only been with the Gardena department about a year, was taken to a hospital, where underwent surgery and was resting with stable vital signs.
"It's not life-threatening," the lieutenant said.
A 10-square-block area was cordoned off, and a SWAT team called in while canine units, sheriff's deputies and Gardena and Hawthorne police officers combed the area of Budlong and Halldale avenues for the suspects.
As of about 4:30 p.m., no arrests had been made.
The shooter was described as black and about 5 feet 9 inches, with a medium build; he was wearing a black shirt and black pants, police said.
Burnett urged people to be cautious.
"We do have an armed person somewhere," Burnett said.
Several suspects were initially detained, but then released.
01-10-08, 08:37 AM #3
Man arrested in shooting of Gardena officer
Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
Police prepare to search a neighborhood for suspects after a Gardena police officer was shot.
The lawman was hit twice in the thigh in a gun battle with one of three men he tried to question for suspicious activity.
By Ari Bloomekatz and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
January 10, 2008
Scores of police officers with shotguns, high-powered rifles and bloodhounds went house to house late Wednesday in pursuit of three men involved in the shooting of a Gardena patrolman. One suspect was found hiding in a backyard hot tub, authorities said.
"We believe he is the shooter," said Gardena Police Lt. Ed Burnett.
The search by more than 200 officers and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies spread over 14 blocks around a Pizza Hut at Normandie and Rosecrans avenues, where the officer was shot in a running gun battle shortly before noon, Burnett said. The officer, whose name was not released, underwent surgery for two wounds in the right thigh and was in stable condition, he added.
The officer had pulled into the restaurant parking lot when he saw three men running across Rosecrans, a major thoroughfare, Burnett said. When he ordered the men to stop, they scattered, he said.
The officer chased one of the men behind the restaurant, where they exchanged at least 10 rounds of gunfire, Burnett said. The gunman was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
Police were unsure why the men were running across the street, Burnett said.
Though a veteran officer, the patrolman has been with the Gardena Police Department for only about a year, officials said.
"I saw the police officer shooting at the suspects," the owner of a neighborhood discount store said. "I heard six to seven shots fired: bang, bang, bang."
After cordoning off several blocks, officers from various departments scoured the neighborhood.
At least two police helicopters, equipped with heat sensors to detect movement on the ground, told the men over loudspeakers to "come out now, and you will not be harmed."
Just before 8 p.m., the dogs picked up a scent and led officers to a backyard on 147th Street, about four blocks from the shooting scene, Burnett said. A man found in the water with the hot tub lid down matched the description of the shooter and was taken into custody, Burnett said. The man was not immediately identified.
The search for the other two men continued into the night. Police advised residents to stay inside and bring their pets indoors. Some neighbors said they were stunned by the daytime shooting.
Anthony White, 40, said he and his family had moved into the neighborhood three months ago. He said before he bought a house he drove around the residential area several times at night to see whether it was safe.
"It was really quiet," he said. "I was shocked, because it's like a desert."
But Sheila Miller, who works at 153rd Street School, said she had lived in the neighborhood for four years and that there is gang and drug activity.
Times staff writer Molly Hennessy-Fiske contributed to this report.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
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