Jun 26, 2013 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx
Probably unrelated, and there is no word yet if the detectives who were ambushed were working on the Hastings case. However, the station they worked out of and were shot near is the Wilshire Divison station, the same one responsible for the Hastings investigation.
Excerpted from The LA Weekly: A man in black opened fire on two undercover detectives as they returned to the LAPD’s Wilshire Division in Mid-City this morning, wounding both and putting the department on high alert.
Police were calling it an ambush, Officer Christopher No told us. The two victims were treated at a hospital and released, LAPD spokesman Kevin Maiberger told the Weekly. The shooter was on the loose, prompting a massive manhunt:
A 25-block perimeter around the station at 4861 Venice Boulevard near South La Brea Avenue was established, he said. About 200 officers had joined in the search for the gunman, and the department was on a citywide tactical alert, Maiberger said.
Three people had been detained for questioning but had not been arrested, the spokesman said.
The attack was reported about 4:30 a.m. when the detectives, in plainclothes and riding in an unmarked car, stopped at a parking lot gate and were shot at from behind by a suspect on foot, he said.
Officers returned fired, Maiberger said, and the suspect fled. It was unclear if he had been hit.
One detective was struck in a hand by gunfire while the other was wounded in the head, he said.
Excerpted from The LA Times: The shooting ambush of two undercover detectives outside the Wilshire Division station Tuesday morning “was a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people who protect this community,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
The detectives returned fire but the suspect or suspects got away.
More than a dozen shots were fired during the gun battle. One detective suffered a minor head injury either from a bullet or shattered glass and the other detective suffered a minor injury to his hand, officials said. Both detectives were treated at a hospital and released and were aiding in the search. The two, whose names have not been released, have been on the force for 11 and 20 years, respectively, and were returning from an assignment, police said.
Given the location of the shooting, police said they believed the shooter knew he was targeting police.
“They knew that these were police officers or police employees,” Smith said. “Anybody willing to take on two police officers outside a police station is obviously a dangerous individual.”