2 Arrested, 2 Sought After Shooters Open Fire on Police Officers in Watts: LAPD

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A crashed minivan is seen at an intersection in Watts on April 23, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

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Two people were arrested and two others were being sought Saturday after police officers were fired upon in Watts, according to the LAPD.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southeast Division were on a routine patrol about 7:40 a.m. when they spotted what they believed was a stolen vehicle in the area of East 109th Street and Compton Avenue, LAPD Lt. Walt Teague said.

As the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle fled and a brief pursuit ensued, according to the lieutenant. The vehicle crashed, after which its four occupants ran and police gave chase on foot, the LAPD said.

“The suspects fired several rounds at the officers several times during the pursuit,” Teague said. None were struck by gunfire.

More officers were summoned to the area and a perimeter was set up. News video showed a minivan that had slammed into an iron fence in front of  a home. At least two armored police vehicles were at the scene.

Officer Rosario Herrera initially said the driver of the crashed vehicle was in custody. Teague later confirmed three people were detained. Saturday evening, LAPD Lt. Clint Dohmen said two were arrested — one on suspicion of attempted homicide of a police officer — and two others remained at large.

No other information was available.

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