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Gunman Fires at Responding Officers After Shooting Man: LAPD

A police officer and another man were injured when a man who was armed with a semiautomatic handgun opened fire in Reseda on Monday morning, authorities said.

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A police officer was shot and another man injured during an altercation on Feb. 10, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities first responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon about 9:30 a.m. in the 7100 block of Yolanda Avenue (map). There, Los Angeles Police Department officers found a man shot in his left arm and left leg, and police began to look for the shooter.

Witnesses said a man was overheard arguing with another man and a woman, then the sound of multiple gunshots rang out. The couple fled the shooting with a pit bull in tow, police said.

Several blocks away, the gunman was soon taken into custody without a struggle after allegedly opening fire on responding officers, according to Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

“When they got up to the suspect, the suspect suddenly opened fire on the officers, shot multiple rounds at their vehicle,” Smith said.

Officers did not fire back at the gunman, described only as a 49-year-old white man, police said. The gunman, who had a pit bull with him, was not injured, police said.

The officer was hit in the arm but he may have been struck by a bullet, bullet fragment, shrapnel or flying glass, police said. He had been released from the hospital and was helping investigators on scene by afternoon.

The man who was shot was described by neighbors as a 54-year-old mechanic who lives with his family in the home where the shooting occurred.

Multiple emergency vehicles and officers responded to the largely residential area, aerial video from the scene showed. A police SUV had bullet holes in it.

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With guns drawn, officers prepared to enter a large structure behind the home. (Credit: KTLA)

Shortly after the shooting, at least two men and one woman were standing with their hands behind their heads while officers and paramedics attended to a shirtless man on the ground in front of a home, aerial video showed.

A woman with two young children walked out of the home as officers pointed guns at the house at about 10 a.m. The officers entered a large industrial-like structure behind the home.

The injured officer was treated at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tweeted that the officer would be OK.

Traffic in the area was snarled as an investigation continued into the afternoon. Sherman Way, a major thoroughfare, was shut down.

KTLA’s Christina Pascucci, Melissa Pamer and Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

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The injured LAPD officer was taken to a hospital in Northridge. (Credit: KTLA)


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