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Man Shot by LAPD Near USC Charged With 2 Counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer

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Police investigate an officer-involved shooting in South Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A man shot and critically wounded by Los Angeles police near USC this week was charged with assaulting the officers during a struggle in which he is accused of cutting them with a knife, prosecutors said Thursday.

Oscar Ovidio Diaz, 30, was charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer and an additional count of stealing a vehicle, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. If convicted, Diaz faces more than 12 years in state prison.

Diaz, who was hospitalized for his injuries, will be arraigned at a later date, prosecutors said, noting that he has prior convictions for burglary and driving or taking a vehicle without consent.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon, when two police officers stopped Diaz as he drove on Magnolia Avenue near 27th Street, just a few blocks away from the USC campus.

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