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$80k Reward in LAUSD Officer Shooting Case

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Authorities are offering an $80,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who shot LAUSD police officer Jeffrey Senroos outside of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills on Wednesday, according to CBS.

$75,000 in reward money will come from city council and the LAUSD police officer's association has offered $5,000.

Police Chief Charlie Beck has indicated that "progress" has been made in the recovery of forensic evidence and he vigorously defends the aggressive response to the shooting which put nine area schools and roughly 9,000 students on lockdown for much of Wednesday morning. Beck believes the quick lockdowns were necessary because anyone who openly shoots a police officer has “demonstrated a viciousness and wanton disregard for human life that puts them at a different level."

Officer Senroos was shot in the chest when he confronted a man breaking into cars. The armored vest he was wearing at the time of the shooting prevented the bullet from entering his body and may have saved his life.

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The search for the shooter continues.

2:37 P.M. UPDATE: The reward has been increased to $100,000 with a contribution from the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL).