Suspect Livestreams Shootout With LA Cops

He yells officers are 'about to kill me'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 30, 2017 2:48 AM CDT
Suspect Livestreams Shootout With LA Cops
A police SUV has front-end damage near the scene where a Los Angeles police officer was shot following the pursuit of a homicide suspect that ended in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, June 29, 2017.   (Scott Varley)

A homicide suspect livestreamed on Facebook as he traded gunfire with police, eventually shooting a Los Angeles SWAT officer before a police round struck him, a law enforcement official says. Both the suspect and officer are expected to survive, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says. The official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity, says the video, which captured at least part of the encounter, shows the suspect shouting as he pointed a handgun at officers with gunshots ringing around him. At one point he yells that the officers are "about to kill me." Police have not released the name of the wounded officer or the suspect.

The suspect was one of four people wanted in connection with a gang-related killing in late March, Beck says. The man led police officers from Los Angeles and Hawthorne on a brief chase in El Segundo, which ended with the shootout, the chief says. The wounded SWAT officer was shot in the hip and is expected to make a full recovery, Beck says. The suspect was taken to a hospital in serious condition and will be arrested in connection with the March killing and for investigation of attempted murder of a police officer. Beck, who visited the wounded officer at the hospital, says he is in stable condition and his wife, a fellow LAPD officer, is at his bedside. (More Los Angeles stories.)

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