More than half a dozen LAPD squad cars and a police helicopter (pictured in the video below) converged on Lilac Terrace near Douglas Street in Echo Park at about 10 p.m. as police searched for a weapon. Numerous officers with flashlights spent more than 30 minutes looking between the trees and bushes in the Lilac Terrace median strip. One officer on the scene said they were looking for a weapon but did not say what type. He said there had been no shooting nearby. Another pair of officers with the LAPD Central Division said the search was taking place following a police pursuit from a different location. They did not provide any more details.
*Update: A person named Chris left a comment to this story providing more details about the police chase, which apparently ended at the top of the hill where Douglas Street ends at Elysian Park.
“The car came up to the top of douglas and was “trapped” when it ran into the gate that closes off the park at night….. appx half a dozen police cars chased the driver- ……. some of us went out and talked to a Sgt– he said that the person bailed out of the car and ran- but was apprehended by officers who had – knowing the car would be cut off- ran up the hill from the lilac terrace end of Elysian Park trail– the name of the street that is closed of 3 pm – 6am Monday -fri and all weekend… we were told that no one was injured- and no one was shot- but that the person had a gun- and was in custody.”
Video by Charles