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Alleged Gunman Still in Home Where 2 Officers Where Shot

kihcarasJun 26 2013, 674 views

WILLOWBROOK, Calif. (KTLA) — A tense standoff continued on Wednesday morning with a gunman suspected of wounding two officers in a shootout in Willowbrook on Tuesday.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. as several officers were conducting a probation check in the 2200 block of East 117th Street.

They were looking for a woman in a back house on the property but did not find her, police said.

As the officers were leaving, they apparently smelled marijuana coming from the front house and went inside to investigate.

They found a number of people, some of whom were violating their parole by being in the presence of a narcotic, police said.

Then, at some point, gunfire erupted. The alleged gunman was believed to be holed up in the attic of the house, above the kitchen.

He fired multiple rounds using a high-caliber rifle and officers returned fire, authorities said.

An LAPD gang officer was hit in the cheek and neck, according to police.

He was rushed to St. Francis Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was listed in critical but stable condition, and was said to be improving.

A county probation officer also suffered a leg wound and was treated at the scene.

The alleged gunman was still believed to be barricaded inside the attic on Wednesday morning.

Heavily-armed officers in riot gear maintained positions outside the home, while others attempted to communicate with the man.

"They've tried to make contact with him telephonically, via sat phone" said LAPD Sgt. Albert Gonzalez.

"They have equipment such as a bear cat, smoke that can be utilized to try to encourage the suspect to give up," he said.

"We do have access to a robot that can facilitate a visual search, but officers have not made entry into the residence."

A number of homes in the neighborhood were evacuated as a precaution, police said.

A previous city-wide tactical alert was canceled, but the LAPD South Division remained on modified tactical alert.

Earlier on Tuesday, two LAPD detectives were ambushed were ambushed in what Police Chief Charlie Beck called an assassination attempt outside the Wilshire Station.

Authorities said they had no reason to suspect that the two incidents were related.

Credit - KTLA5

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