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“Get me the shotgun” — LAPD releases video of Highland Park gunbattle during police chase

Suspect’s car approaches Figueroa at Avenue 52 | LAPD

By LUCY GUANUNA

Highland Park —  The LAPD on Tuesday released dashcam and bodycam footage of a dangerous  car-to-car shootout between officers  and suspects during a chase on the streets of Highland Park last May.

The edited footage taken May 20 at about midnight shows officers pursuing a stolen white Honda near Figueroa Street and Avenue 52 as it speeds through numerous stops signs. At the 4:40 mark of the video, footage shows one of the suspects, 24-year-old Andrew Guerrero, lean out of the passenger window of the vehicle to shoot at officers using a sawed off shotgun.

“Get me the shotgun,” one of the officers in the patrol car says as the sounds of gunshots and screeching tires are heard in the background.


Video of the incident begins at the 3:11 mark.

Minute 7:12 of the video shows bodycam footage of one of the officers using a handgun and a shotgun to shoot at the suspect before the police cruiser crashes into a parked van.

The stolen vehicle was found abandoned a few blocks away. After a search of the area, officers found both suspects, said police. Officers also located a loaded, sawed off shotgun and additional shotgun shells along the route of the pursuit.

The suspects, Guerrero and 29-year-old Daniel Salinas, are both documented gang members with prior convictions, police said. Both are facing numerous convictions including attempted murder of a police officer.

The officers were not injured in the shootout or during the collision. Salinas sustained superficial gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital to be treated, police said.

The video is part of a new LAPD policy to make police dashcam and bodycam videos of major incidents available to the public

The suspect’s stolen vehicle | LAPD

Sawed off shotgun recovered by police | LAPD

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the LAPD at (877) 527-3247 or supply information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

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4 comments

  1. Does anybody read this website??? How on earth is it possible no one has commented? Absolutely insane the cops are driving down the road firing a pistol, then a shotgun out the side window of a moving vehicle in a residential neighborhood??? WTF. Not only did they manage to crash in to innocent bystander vehicles, the gunshots had nothing to do with the actual arrest and they literally lost track of the stolen vehicle for a time. Why on earth is it ok for the police to jeopardize other peoples lives in order to arrest two people in a stolen car, which could have been (and was) captured through other pursuits? Thanks LAPD for advertising your lack of situational awareness and the demonstration on “protecting” the public. You guys were just caught up in something the driver in this video wanted to win. You suck.

    • I agree! I don’t see how the cops shooting a shotgun at that car did anything except endanger civilians. At best, you’ll kill the driver and they crash, maybe killing someone in doing so. At worst, the cops kill a pedestrian or two and do property damage along the whole route. What kind of training is this? Respect to the police officers who have to deal with situation like this, but please don’t put us all in danger.

      • Actually shooting at the car eventually made them abandon the car and they were captured and now can go to prison and be bitches for La Eme for the next 30 years, knowing that brave women from the LAPD put them there. I think fair justice especially for the banger with domestic abuse priors. If you have another version of what should have been done, lay it out. Also let me know if you’ve ever been the victim of gang violence or crime.

  2. This shooting does not show up on the LA Times crime map. That shows that the LA Times crime map is useless as it does not give a true picture of violence in LA. This helps the politicians with their fake talk that crime is going down. All violence should be mapped so that the local communities can work against it.

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