Man Killed in Shooting at South L.A. Car Wash; Off-Duty Police Officer Shoots at Suspect

A man died in a shooting at a South Los Angeles car wash Friday, just before an off-duty Los Angeles police sergeant shot at the fleeing suspect, who escaped, officials said.

The gunfire took place just after 11 a.m. in the 10100 block of Vermont Avenue, near 102nd Street, Deputy Marvin Crowder of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau said in a written statement.

A man at the business opened fire on another man, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee said.

An off-duty sergeant assigned to the LAPD's Employee Assistance Unit happened to be in the area and heard the gunfire, Lee said.

"As the suspect attempted to leave the scene, an off duty LAPD officer attempted to detain the suspect, at which time an officer involved shooting occurred between the off-duty LAPD officer and the suspect," Crowder said.

The suspect got away, officials said. The sergeant was not hurt, and it was not clear whether the suspect was struck by the gunfire.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Crowder.

"There is no known motive for the crime at this time," he said.

No further details, including a suspect description, were available.

The investigation was being spearheaded by the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau.

Anyone with information can reach homicide detectives at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

KTLA's Matt Phillips contributed to this report.

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