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Suspects fire on police car during Highland Park pursuit; squad car crashes

By LUCY GUANUNA

Highland Park —   A police cruiser crashed into a parked car this morning after officers exchanged gunfire with suspects during the pursuit of a stolen vehicle, police said.

At about 12:10 a.m., patrol officers with LAPD’s Northeast Division were in the area of Figueroa and Echo streets when they began to pursue a white Honda Civic that had been reported stolen, said Officer Rosario Herrera with LAPD Media Relations.

Officers followed the vehicle northbound on Figueroa. As they approached Avenue 51, one of two male suspects fired an unknown weapon at the police cruiser from inside the Civic, said Herrera. Police then returned fire, according to the LAPD.

Officers continued to pursue the stolen vehicle, but hit a parked car near the intersection of Avenue 51 and Aldama Street. The suspect’s vehicle continued westbound on Avenue 50, where they eventually abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Police were able to apprehend both suspects and take them into custody. A weapon was recovered at the scene, said Herrera.

One suspect sustained an unknown injury and was taken to the hospital where he remains in stable condition. No officers were injured in the incident.

Readers reported that several streets in the area remained blocked off at about 7 am as the police investigation continued.

Parents at Aldama Elementary were also warned this morning to allow for extra time to drop off their children at the school because of street closures. Access was limited to Avenue 50 from Figueroa Street.

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5 comments

  1. Eastsider, Thanks for covering events such as this quickly and getting important information out to our communities. Thanks to LAPD for apprehension of criminals; glad no officers were hurt.

  2. “Officers continued to pursue the stolen vehicle, but hit a parked car near the intersection of Avenue 51 and Aldama Street.”

    Aldama and Ave 51 don’t actually intersect. Aldama curves at Ave 42 and intersects Ave 50. Ave 51 intersects with Montezuma.

    The officers hit a parked car near Aldama and Ave 50.

  3. Grammatical syntax and reporting accuracy are vitally important; but, I’m just wondering if “WE” should be more concerned with the recent gang violence, car thefts, burglaries, etc…in Highland Park.

    In the wake of the increased gang violence in Highland Park, “What new measures are being implemented to respond to the above mentioned concerns?”

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