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Lincoln Heights -- A man who shot three police officers in a gun battle earlier that left him dead was a suspect in an extortion case, police said today.

The LAPD did not elaborate on the nature of the investigation, but said 32-year-old Joseph Magana was a parolee who was "a named suspect for an investigative report for extortion that occurred in Hollenbeck Division." The division covers Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Hermon, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights and Monterey Hills.

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