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LAPD SWAT Team Searches For Man Who Fired At Police

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SYLMAR (CBS) — A SWAT team and police dogs continued to search for a man who reportedly fired a round of shots at a police officer Sunday morning.

The officer wasn’t injured in the attack, but a bullet hit a patrol car.

By 3:15 p.m., authorities had taken apart a police perimeter ending an eight-hour-long ordeal for residents of the apartments on Paddock Street.

“The perimeter is being broken down right now,” LAPD officer Karen Rayner said. “They did not find the suspect within the perimeter, so the search will continue but that will come down.”

The shooter was described as a clean-shaven Latino male who “appears to be 16,” Rayner said, adding that he was wearing a black beanie with an NFL logo on it, a black long-sleeved T-shirt and gray baggie ‘Dickie’ pants.

It was unclear which NFL team logo was on the beanie, Rayner said.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the incident began when an officer with the city of San Fernando spotted a suspicious man in the 14100 block of Paddock Street.

The officer slowed to see what the suspect was doing hiding behind a parked vehicle. As the officer drove past, the suspect shouted a derogatory comment at the officer, pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired at least one round, hitting the officer’s vehicle.

The suspect ran into a nearby apartment building, where a perimeter was set up by 8 a.m. and a SWAT team and canine units were brought in to look for the suspect.

“We were on citywide tactical alert,” Rayner said. “We downgraded at 12:45 p.m. to just modified tactical alert for the Valley Bureau only. We had enough resources and needed to free up the rest of the city.”

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