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Police Injure Suspected Thief In Brief Hollywood Shootout
Police shot and injured a man on Sunday morning after officers say he opened fire on them in Hollywood.
Two LAPD officers responded to reports of someone stealing from a car in the 5400 block of Lemon Grove Avenue on Sunday morning at about 10 a.m., according to a release from the LAPD.
When the officers arrived, they spotted a man near Lemon Grove and Melrose Avenue who ran south on Wilton Place when he saw them getting out of their car. One officer jumped back in the police car to follow him, but the other chased after the man on foot. A passing taxi driver stopped and gave the officer on foot a lift.
The officers said they caught up with the man when he was hiding behind a car on Wilton Place. When they approached, the man pulled out a handgun and fired at them. The officers returned fire and shot him.
The suspect is currently in the hospital and is listed in critical condition. The officers were not hurt, and were able to recover the man's gun from the scene.
The shooting is still under being investigated, and anyone with information should call the Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. Anonymous tips can be phoned into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.