Los Angeles Police Department has arrested two young gang
members from Highland Park suspected of attempting to murder a police officer after
an incident Thursday night in which two Northeast LAPD patrol officers were shot at.
The officers, who were driving in one patrol car, had stopped on the 220 block of North Avenue 57 at about 7:30 p.m. to conduct “an investigation on a couple of possible gang members” standing outside an apartment building, Sgt. Douglas Bowler, a watch commander on duty Friday at the LAPD Northeast station told Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch.
“When they started to approach, one of the suspects pulled a handgun out and started shooting,” Bowler said, adding that the suspect fired more than one shot in the direction of the officers, who returned the fire.
Both the suspects ran into an apartment building in the area, Bowler said. The officers called in helicopter air support and a K9 unit while containing the area with the help of other officers who formed a perimeter, Bowler said. A SWAT team was also called.
Several suspects were taken into custody, Bowler said, adding that nobody was inured in the incident. The arrests were made at around 1 p.m. Friday, and two handguns were recovered from the area, according to a post on the LAPD Northeast Area Facebook page.
Editor's note: This article has been modified since it was originally posted.