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1 Officer Hurt, Suspect Dead In Boyle Heights Confrontation

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BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBS) — One officer was stabbed and the suspect shot dead in a confrontation Saturday afternoon in Boyle Heights.

Reports of an “officer down” came in at 4:55 p.m., according to a desk officer at the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division.

Initial reports said officers were chasing someone who stole an ambulance.

Later, police explained that an inmate — being released from the downtown Twin Towers jail — was being transported by private ambulance.

LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said the suspect lept from the moving ambulance, ran  into a church on Bridge Street than barricaded himself inside.

The suspect reportedly stabbed the officer in the bicep with an 8-inch knife. He is in stable condition.

KCAL9 and CBS2′s Suzanne Marques reports the suspect is dead.

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