ECHO PARK — Police recovered a handgun from the scene of today’s officer-involved shooting that left one man wounded. But the LAPD is not yet saying if the suspect, who is in stable condition, fired the weapon.
The incident, which shut down a stretch of Sunset Boulevard for several hours, began shortly before 1 a.m. when gang officers on routine patrol saw what appeared to be a confrontation involving a large group of persons near Sunset and Sutherland Street, according to the most recent police account. The first of two shootings occurred near the Short Stop bar occurred when one of the individuals involved in the confrontation displayed a handgun, police said.
The suspect then fled on foot and was wounded during the second officer-involved shooting at the other end of the block, near the United Oil gas station at Sunset and Portia, said LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman.
The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he is in stable condition, Eisenman said this afternoon. No officers or other persons were injured during the incident.
The suspect has been described as a male Latino in his 20s in earlier police updates. The investigation is ongoing.
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