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 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.
— Kara Finnstrom (@KaraFinnstrom) May 21, 2018
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