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18-Year-Old Man Killed, LAPD Officer Wounded In Gun Fight

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A gun fight Monday night in South L.A ended with the death of a suspect and the injury of an officer, reports the L.A. Times.

The suspect was later identified as 18-year-old Richard Risher Jr., reports CBS 2.

The shooting happened at around 11 p.m. at the Nickerson Gardens public housing project in Watts. LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman told the Times that officers were conducting extra patrols at that time of the incident. According to KTLA, two policemen came across a group of men that they'd identified as gang members. The men ignored orders given by the officers and began dispersing. One of the suspects, Risher, allegedly drew a firearm as he was running away.

Gunshots were exchanged and an officer was struck by a bullet in the left arm. He was later taken to a hospital and was released Tuesday morning. Risher was struck by police gunfire and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police Chief Charlie Beck said that, based on the available information, the suspect was believed to have fired at least ten rounds.

Two persons of interest were detained by the LAPD Southeast Division, reports NBC 4.

Lisa Simpson, a woman who'd identified herself as the suspect's mother, told KTLA that the shooting was unwarranted. "The police killed my son for nothing. He was running across the street and they killed my son," said Simpson.

Risher's father told CBS 2 that "everybody needs to start standing up ’cause people are getting tired of their kids getting killed. He was a very good human being. He was only 18. This could have been resolved in a better manner.”

Immediately after the shooting, there was a tense moment as police established a perimeter around the scene, while a group of "agitated" locals began throwing rocks and bottles. No injuries were reported from this incident.

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The incident is still under investigation.

The shooting comes amid an anti-violence campaign—#StopTheViolence—that was launched on July 20 as a collaboration between the LAPD, rapper The Game, and other public figures. According to the Times, Beck has also been encouraging his officers to "Watch each other" after the shooting in Baton Rouge that left three officers dead. He'd also sent an internal video to officers that explains the safety precautions that the department has taken to protect officers on the street.