LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A gunman was shot to death Friday in a battle with police officers in Glendale, authorities said.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports the shootout shut down streets for over six hours.

The shooting took place between Glendale Avenue and Brand Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

Lorenz said officers spotted a man armed with a handgun out an apartment building on San Fernando Road, and before they could even question him, the man started to move towards them and opened fire.

“A gun battle did ensue for a period of time, the suspect was eventually struck, paramedics were called to the location, and he was pronounced dead here on scene,” said Lorenz.

A small caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.

The shooting will be investigated by Glendale police homicide detectives and the L.A. County District Attorney’s OIS rollout team. There will also be an administrative investigation by the police department and city council.

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Comments (13)
  1. Melvin Blake says:

    Press 2 for spanish…

    One down, millions to go. We should do what Arizona and Texas are doing. We don’t need no drug nor gang members in our soil. Those are refugee, lowest human being in our history.

    1. Dewan Freeman says:

      For IDIOTS see Melvin Blake

    2. Dave Eli says:

      For stupid idots, white trash like Melvin Blake press 0. I think your trailer trash park body needs to move to Arizona.

  2. , says:

    It is a pity that cops aren’t trained to shoot at victim’s legs. – this case reminds me of the little old lady in Los Angeles who was shot at 30 feet while wielding a knife. The cops were afraid for thier lives so they gunned her down!

    1. Ryan Clark says:

      shoot their legs….
      Are you crazy!?
      Firstly, that “little old lady” was a moron for brandishing a weapon at armed and trained police officers!
      Second, they don’t shoot victims, they shoot criminals!

    2. wobbles says:

      You must watch alot of movies. How about you go shoot at someone’s legs who is TRYING TO KILL YOU? I really hope you do because stupid people are a blight on the world and if you do try out your “shoot at the legs” theory the world will have one less idiot in it when you are killed.

    3. paul says:

      the reason they don’t shoot at the legs or arms or other non lethal places is this::
      AN OFFICER SHOT A COKED OUT SUSPECT WITH A KNIFE WHO WAS HOLDING HIS WIFE HOSTAGE THE COP FELT HE COULD END IT WITH A SHOT TO THE MANS KNEES AND IT WORKED SORTA. AFTER THE COP SHOT THE SUSPECT IN THE KNEES HE DID IN FACT LET GO OF HIS WIFE WHO THEN RAN TO SAFETY. PROBLEM IS WHEN THE OFFICER APPROACHED THE MAN TO CUFF HIM AND TAKE HIM INTO CUSTODY THE MAN PRODUCED A SMALL GUN FROM HIS WAIST BAND AND SHOT THE COP DEAD. so in the case of the lil ol lady someone here mentions who was shot from a distance of 30 feet with a knife in her hands, i can see the idea of SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO STAB YOU FROM 30 FEET AWAY this is true but had they shot her in the legs then approached her to take her into custody she THEN could have possibly had a gun and shot them with it

      1. Justin says:

        Officer’s are trained to shoot center mass…. Shoot to stop the threat. The real Reason Pual you don’t want to shoot at arms or legs is you might miss and hit an innocent party. Officer’s are trained to shoot at the largest body part which is “CENTER MASS”.

  3. Cecil says:

    thanks officers for taking out the trash. That’s a job well done

  4. FBI Full Blooded Indian says:

    Dear Mr. Blake

    The Origins of your Surname
    A corruption of the British Ap Lake, from Ap, signifying from, or son, and Lake,–the son of Lake. The family went into Ireland with Strongbow, where the name became corrupted into Blake.


    So are you an Immigrant or a refugee???
    The Irish were one the United States earliest Immigrant/refugee groups to come to come to the US.
    are you Just a version of the lowest Human being on earth?

  5. really? says:

    I honestly hope you are joking about training cops to shoot for limbs;

    1) Shooting someone in the leg is not going to stop that person FROM SHOOTING BACK!!!! You don’t use your toes to pull a trigger, you use your fingers.

    2) You do realize that cops are sued every time they are involved in a shooting, right? It doesn’t matter how violent the suspect(s) are or who shoots at who first, the police officers always get sued in the end. If you don’t believe me, look up the 1997 North Hollywood shootout.

    3) This goes along with the whole getting sued thing; Police officers are accountable for every round fired from their gun. If you aim for the leg, (and again, remember that someone is shooting back at them and probably moving around) and they hit an innocent bystander…… thats right! SUED!

    Your comment is a perfect example of how narrow minded and ignorant our society has grown over the years. I personally think the media is mostly to blame. Mainly because they care more about twisting stories to improve ratings rather than sharing the truth, which is usually not as exciting and doesn’t get the audience as riled up.

    Please remember, this guy shot first and I promise, he was not aiming for the officer’s leg.

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