WILLOWBROOK (CBSLA.com) — A police officer was shot in the face and a county probation officer wounded Tuesday near a home in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles.
The LAPD’s 77th Division was reportedly conducting a parole and probation search of a home in the 2200 block of 117th St. near Mona Blvd. when shots were fired just after 7p.m.
The suspect, who remains barricaded in his home, is considered armed and dangerous.
The officer who was struck in the face is part of the gang enforcement unit and has been on the force for seven years. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he was said to be in critical but stable condition and will reportedly need surgery.
The probation officer suffered a graze wound to his leg and was treated at the scene.
Metropolitan S.W.A.T. officers were surrounding the home Tuesday night in an attempt to convince the suspect to emerge from the home peacefully, police said.
At one point snipers were spotted on the roof in the area. More than 100 officers are reportedly still on the scene.
“He’s obviously proven that he’s dangerous and deadly towards officers,” said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith. “He’s shown no regard for human life by shooting at several of our people who were trying to take him into custody.
LAPD has issued a city-wide tactical alert and nearby residents were forced out of their homes as a precaution. A portion of the 105 Freeway was also closed.