BY LUCY GUANUNA
ECHO PARK — Police helicopters hovered over opposite ends of the neighborhood Sunday night as the LAPD searched for suspects in two separate incidents. One officer was injured after his vehicle smashed into a light pole during one of the pursuits.
Streets were shut down after officers searched for a man who they believed was in the possession of a gun as he he walked near Alvarado and Kent streets at around 11 pm, said Sgt. Rudy Alaniz with LAPD’s Rampart Division.
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When officers approached the suspect, he fled on foot. Officers sealed off the area and used police dogs in a foot pursuit that lasted until about 12 a.m. The suspect was taken into custody and is being charged with impeding an officer’s investigation, said Alaniz. No gun was found at the scene.
During the pursuit, an officer crashed into a light pole near Alvarado and Kent. The officer was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries and is in good condition, said Alaniz.
The police pursuit near Alvarado and Kent began began shortly after officers were wrapping up an earlier, unrelated search for a different suspect about a 1-1/2 miles north in Elysian Park. A man abandoned his vehicle on Vista Gordo Drive and ran into the park as he was being pursued by police, residents said.
Warnings from a police helicopter advised Elysian Heights residents to stay indoors as police dogs were deployed into the park, residents said. That man was apparently captured, according to residents. It’s not clear, however, why the man was being pursued by officers.
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Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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