Officers shot and killed a man in the southern edge of Echo Park this afternoon after he opened fire on them with an AK-47 assault rifle, police said. No officers were injured during the shoot out, which took place at about 4:30 P.M. near Temple Street and Union Avenue, said LAPD spokeswoman April Harding. Police were pursing the vehicle after a check on the license plate determined that the occupants were armed and dangerous. After being cornered by police, the suspect got out of his car and started firing the rifle at officers, Harding said. She had no other details about the incident.
Update @ 6:39 P.M.: The vehicle had been car jacked the day before in Los Angeles, said Sgt. Mitzi Grasso at the scene of the shooting. The shooting took place in an alleyway called Montezuma Place behind the Tribal Cafe. One resident said he heard about a dozen, rapid-fire shots followed by three, large blasts. Grasso said investigators were still trying to determine what happened, including if the suspect had opened fire.
Temple Street between Burlington on the west and Glendale Boulevard on the east has been blocked off.