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Steven Gregory

LAPD Shooting Evidence

Posted April 8th, 2014 @ 1:02pm


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Weapons and ammunition were found in the car and home of the man who opened fire with a handgun inside a Los Angeles police station, hitting one officer several times before he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said.

It's unclear why the suspect brought only a Glock pistol into the lobby of the West Traffic Division station, and left an AK-47 behind in the car, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday during a meeting of the Police Commission.

The gunman said "I have a complaint" before he began shooting at the officers Monday night, Commander Andrew Smith said. Despite one of them being wounded, both officers were able to return fire, hitting the suspect several times.

The officer who was struck, a 7-year veteran, was hospitalized in good condition with injuries including a bullet wound to the shoulder. Authorities originally said his bulletproof vest took most of the gunfire, but Officer Rosario Herrera said Tuesday that he was not wearing a vest.

The officer believes his life was saved when one of the rounds struck his holstered backup pistol, Beck said.

Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said the officer was in good spirits Tuesday morning, chatting with visitors.

"He's got a big smile on his face," Soboroff said. "And his mom was there and she had a big smile on her face, and tears in her eyes." 

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