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Shooter Killed In Laurel Canyon Standoff Identified
Authorities released the identity of the man who was found dead in a Laurel Canyon home after a shootout on Monday.Michael Valentino, 27, suffered from multiple gunshot wounds at the 8100 block of Gould Avenue in the Hollywood Hills, according to KTLA. The LAPD had originally visited the home around 8:05 a.m in response to a domestic battery call.
LAPD Capt. Cory Palka told KTLA that Valentino tried to harm the officers with a gun and they shot back in defense. Valentino then barricaded himself inside the four-story home (that he lived in) and a SWAT team entered a few hours later and found him dead, reported CBS Los Angeles.
Authorities are investigating whether Valentino shot himself or if he had been shot by the officers since it wasn't clear at the time of the incident.
Valentino had a history of criminal convictions, including forgery, battery and burglary, according to court records (via NBC Los Angeles).
A female officer was hit by shrapnel in the face and arm during the shootout, and was quickly rushed to the hospital. However, the injuries were non life-threatening and is in "very good condition," Palka told KTLA. A civilian was also taken to the hospital, but little detail have been given about this person's injuries.
UPDATE 8:45 a.m.: The L.A. County Coroner's office reported today that Valentino did not commit suicide and the death has now been ruled as a homicide, according to City News Service.