Attempted Murder Suspect Dies in Duarte Police Shooting; 1 Officer and Woman Injured

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A man wanted on suspicion of attempted murder died after being shot by a Pasadena police officer in Duarte Friday afternoon, while a woman in the vehicle with the suspect and a police officer were both wounded, authorities said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department responds to a shooting in Duarte on Oct. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The Los Angeles County Fire Department responds to a shooting in Duarte on Oct. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting took place in the 700 block of Encanto Parkway around 1 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

At the time of the shooting, the man was airlifted for medical care but was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, sheriff's officials said.

An officer involved in the shooting was injured and treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, officials said. Meanwhile, a woman inside the vehicle with the suspect was shot and wounded but is "expected to survive," officials later said in a press release.

When the shots rang out, some in the quiet neighborhood started scattering around to get away from the violence.

"At first, I noticed the helicopter in the sky, and then all of a sudden, I heard like eight gunshots ... pow, pow, pow," said Gary Jackson, a neighbor who said he saw people "run through the park, hiding behind trees and stuff like that" when the gunfire broke out.

Sheriff's officials confirmed the man fatally shot had been wanted in connection with a shooting at a party in Pasadena on Thursday night, which they later referred to as an "attempted murder with a firearm."

In that prior incident, he reportedly shot at two teenagers at a birthday party, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The victims were a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, with the man left in critical condition and still being hospitalized while the girl was treated and released from the hospital the same night, the Times reports.

The man fatally shot by law enforcement — described by sheriff's officials as 28 years old and Hispanic — was a felon and the U.S. Marshals Service was involved in tracking him down, according to Lt. Joe Mendoza with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

The woman wounded in the Duarte officer-involved shooting — who was described by officials as white and 36 years old — was in possession of narcotics, Mendoza said. Officials later said she was arrested on that charge.

A total of four officers were involved in the shooting, officials said, including two officers from the Pasadena Police Department, one from the Glendale Police Department and another from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Officials did not say which of those officers was the person injured.

Sky5 aerial video over the scene showed the rear window of a white sedan with paper plates had been shattered, though it was not immediately clear if the cause was gunfire or something else. Several unmarked vehicles surrounded the car and multiple emergency vehicles were at the scene, near the Duarte Historical Museum.

The shattered back window of a white sedan could be seen after an officer involved shooting in Duarte on Oct. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The shattered back window of a white sedan could be seen after an officer-involved shooting in Duarte on Oct. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon told KTLA that one person was taken to a local trauma center.

Further investigation revealed the firearm used in Thursday's night's crime was found on the man, Mendoza said.

The incident is under investigation, and anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or leave a tip anonymously by calling "Crime Stoppers" at 800-222-8477.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang and Erika Martin contributed to this story. 

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