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Friday, September 30, 2016

Police arrest two armed men in Echo Park *

Sunset Boulevard was blocked off in the heart of Echo Park for much of Saturday night following a confrontation between an officer and two males, one of whom was carrying a gun, police said. A two-block section of Sunset as well as Echo Park Avenue were blocked off for about eight hours as police investigated the incident that was reported at about 4:15 pm. No shots were fired and there were no major injuries. A few residents and at least one merchant said the one of the stores on Sunset Boulevard was robbed shortly before the police arrived but Sgt. Richard Gonzales with the LAPD Rampart Division said Sunday morning that there was no word of a robbery connected with the arrests.

Lt. Rey Avalos, with LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, said an officer on patrol approached two males – an adult and juvenile – and got into an altercation after one resisted being stopped. The officer forced one man to the ground, and that’s when a gun was seen. No one suffered major injury but the incident prompted an investigation into the use of force.

A person named Mark left a comment about what he saw as he used the ATM at the Bank of America at Sunset and Echo Park:

“A squad car rolled up to the corner on Echo Park and Sunset,
and one officer immedately arrested one dude who was standing by the bus stop in front of fashion of echo park, sucking on an ice cream bar. He was cuffed, but the other cop was yelling at someone else further back from the intersection. That’s when I left, and had probably 25 squad cars fly by me in the direction of that intersection as I drove downtown.”

Echo Park Avenue was open by 11 PM but Sunset Boulevard remained closed at that time.

* Update: This story has been updated and rewritten since the original posting. Click here for an earlier version of the story with updates in progress. There’s also a video someone took of the investigation scene from a nearby rooftop.

Sunset Boulevard was blocked off in the heart of the Echo Park business district late this afternoon after police arrested two males who were seen carrying guns. There was no shooting but police blocked off Sunset Boulevard near Echo Park Avenue shortly after 4:15 PM, forcing buses and other vehicles to detour through side streets. Police have two suspects in custody, said LAPD spokesman Bruce Borihanh. Sunset was blocked off between Logan Street and Laveta Terrace. Echo Park Avenue was blocked between Sunset and Montana Avenue. Officers were expected to reopen the streets soon, Borihanh said.

Some residents and a nearby merchant said the scuffle and arrest was preceded by a robbery or attempted robbery of one of the stores near the southeast corner of Sunset and Echo Park. But Rampart Sgt. Richard Gonzales, who left the scene later in the evening, said there was no word of a robbery related to the arrests.

* Update @ 8:40 PM: Sunset Boulevard still closed. Lt. Rey Avalos with LAPD’s Force Investigation Division had a few more details about the incident. He said an officer on patrol approached two males – an adult and juvenile – and got into an altercation after one resisted being stopped. The officer forced one man to the ground, and that’s when a gun was seen. No one suffered major injury but the incident prompted an investigation into the use of force.

A person named Mark left a comment about what he saw as he used the ATM at the Bank of America at Sunset and Echo Park:

“A squad car rolled up to the corner on Echo Park and Sunset,
and one officer immedately arrested one dude who was standing by the bus stop in front of fashion of echo park, sucking on an ice cream bar. He was cuffed, but the other cop was yelling at someone else further back from the intersection. That’s when I left, and had probably 25 squad cars fly by me in the direction of that intersection as I drove downtown.”

Buses and cars were still be rerouted off Sunset Boulevard. Many empty seats at nearby bars and restaurants.

* Update @ 6:40 PM: Sunset Boulevard remains shut down as investigation continues, Borihanh said. An officer at the Rampart Division said they are not searching for anymore suspects. Meanwhile, one person posted a video of the investigation from a nearby rooftop.

Intersection of Sunset Blvd and Echo Park Ave. 1/16/10 5:14pm from Rory Mitchell on Vimeo.

Top photo by The Eastsider; bottom photo by an Echo Park resident



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