LOS ANGELES, CA – A suspected gang member was non-fatally shot following a shootout with authorities on the morning of May 24th after a California Highway Patrol officer was ambushed while at an intersection in East Los Angeles.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:00 a.m. on May 24th at the intersection of Third Street and Ford Boulevard, according to authorities. L.A. County Sheriff’s Lt. Patricia Thomas confirmed that a CHP officer “came under fire” while in their squad car and immediately radioed for backup.
Additional officers arrived on scene alongside L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies, where responding units also came under gunfire stemming from two suspects only identified as of this writing as Hispanic males.
One of the suspects was shot and injured during the exchanged gunfire and was subsequently taken into custody. However, the second suspect reportedly fled the scene during the exchange and is currently at large.
Video footage that was captured by a bystander showcased a portion of the intense gun battle with the suspects. Reportedly, no officers or innocent bystanders were injured during the incident.
One firearm was recovered at the scene, according to local reports, and the injured suspect was transported to an area hospital. The condition of the suspect is currently unknown.
Adonnica Genon, one of the witnesses to the shooting, told a local CBS outlet, “Hopefully, they find the second guy cause we don’t need him out here just roaming around in the neighborhood.” When describing the incident as it was unfolding, Genon added, “I just heard gunshots, I instantly put my son under the dashboard on the floor in the car, and then I dropped down the passenger seat,”
Officials have not detailed any possible motive in the shooting.
Following the shooting, a handful of the on-ramps and off-ramps were closed along 710 Freeway while investigators processed the scene but were reopened shortly thereafter.
Anyone with information on the incident or the identity or whereabouts of the second suspect are urged to contact the L.A. County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
This now marks the second instance within a month’s time where a CHP officer came under fire, with the last instance occurring on April 27th. CHP Officer Antonio Pacheco was on the median of eastbound I-8 near the I-805 interchange in San Diego while responding to a single-vehicle crash at the time of the incident.
Authorities say Officer Pacheco encountered the driver of the vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Yuhao Du, with the driver suddenly launching an attack on the CHP officer. During a struggle, authorities say Du tried to gain possession of Officer Pacheco’s firearm, resulting in one round being fired and striking the CHP officer in the leg.
Nearby motorists came to assist the struggling officer and Du was taken into custody, where he’s currently facing charges of attempted murder of a peace officer, taking a firearm from an officer, and causing great bodily injury.