HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A suspect was killed and a Los Angeles Police Department officer was wounded in a shooting and standoff Monday morning in the Hollywood Hills.
Officers responded to a domestic battery call just after 8 a.m. at a four-level apartment home in the 8100 block of Gould Avenue.
“Upon arrival, officers made contact with the individual. The individual produced a [semiautomatic handgun] and an officer-involved shooting did occur,” Sgt. Frank Preciado said.
The suspect then barricaded himself inside the residence.
KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar reported that two witnesses were able to escape the home.
A few hours later, the SWAT team found the gunman inside.
“They did find a male suspect slumped over. He has expired from a gunshot wound, it appears. It’s unknown if it was self-inflicted or that was gunfire from the officer,” Preciado said.
The female training officer was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with some kind of wound to her face. Her partner did not leave her side.
“When the shots were discharged, it’s unknown if it was shrap metal or the actual projectile from the firearm or wood from the surrounding wall [that hit her],” Preciado said.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck took to Twitter after speaking with the officer, a 14-year veteran of the force.
“She’s here in the hospital in good spirits. She’s awake and alert,” LAPD Hollywood Division Capt. Cory Palka said. “She’s a solid officer. She’s very well-liked by her peers. Very well-liked by the community.”
A civilian was also taken to a local hospital.
Both sides of Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Mount Olympus were closed for an investigation.
Many residents were stranded.
“This is crazy,” Stephen Schonfield said. “We have 24-hour patrol 24/7, so that kind of keeps things quiet.”