Homicide Suspect Shot by Police in Santa Monica

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Parts of Main Street in Santa Monica were closed Friday evening as officers were investigating a shooting involving police.

The man had been involved in a shooting that occurred in the 2300 block of Main Street, causing the street to be shut down from Hollister Avenue — where Urth Caffé sits — to Third Street, two blocks east, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

After numerous witnesses reported to incident to police, officers found a man matching the suspect description about a block away near Hotchkiss Park at the intersection of Third and Strand streets, Santa Monica Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez said.

The man was carrying a firearm that he "displayed at" several officers, Rodriguez said. More officers responded and "engaged" the subject, during which time they shot at him.

The gunman then fired several rounds at police, and officers returned fire. The man was struck and "was basically taken down," according to Rodriguez.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital in unknown condition. No officers were harmed in the incident.

Police did not immediately release details on the crime the man was wanted for, other than to say it was a homicide.

Witnesses who were at the scene of the first shooting incident described an argument between two men who appeared to know each other. At one point, one man pulled out a gun and shot the other, according to witness Robin Blatt.

She described the gunman as “the most psychotic looking man” and said it looked like he “wasn’t done” after shooting the victim.

No further details were immediately available.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra contributed to this report.