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
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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