LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles police are seeking the public’s help in finding the gunman who ambushed two LAPD officers Tuesday morning.
Police have released surveillance video from one of two officer-involved shootings Tuesday.
They believe the footage was taken moments after the suspect opened fire on two detectives as they drove into the Wilshire station.
One officer suffered a graze wound to the head and the other was left with an injured hand.
The suspect is seen walking with urgency away from the scene wearing dark clothing and carrying an object police believe to be a firearm.
“You can clearly see a dark object in his right hand. Based on the officers’ statements and evidence, we believe that object to be a revolver. We ask the public’s help in identifying this individual,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Beck warned the suspect is considered “extremely dangerous”.
“Anybody who is willing to engage two Los Angeles police officers in a gun battle certainly has no qualms about attacking civilians,” he said.
“This is somebody who should be considered extremely dangerous, not only to the people who are sworn to protect you, but also to the public in general.”
In a separate incident, another gunman fired from the attic of a Willowbrook home on officers conducting a probation check at the residence Tuesday.
A LAPD officer was hit in the jaw and is in serious condition at a local hospital although he is expected to recover.
One probation officer suffered graze wounds to his thigh. He was treated at a local hospital and released. A second probation officer was not hurt.
After a more than 13-hour standoff, the suspect was found dead in the attic this morning.
Beck said he found the incidents unnerving.
“We are very aware of the dangers of our profession and we are aware that this can happen anytime, any place. But when they go back-to-back like this, it shakes your faith,” he continued.
L.A. County Probation Chief Jerry Powers said he’s thankful more were not hurt.
“I’m so grateful that we didn’t lose any officers last night. It was very easily a disaster averted,” Powers said.
Police don’t believe the two shootings are connected.
They are focused now on finding a suspect in the first shooting at the Wilshire station.
Beck said the department plans on applying to the city for reward money for information leading to the capture of the suspect.
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