A 38-year-old woman who police said had arranged to sell them a large quantity of cocaine was accidentally shot in the arm by an undercover narcotics officer, Burbank police reported Friday.
They said the woman, Clemencia Leon of Hollywood, had tried to grab the officer's shotgun as he was arresting her. She was in good condition in the jail ward at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after surgery that failed to save her right hand, Sgt. Don Goldberg said.
Leon, who is Cuban, was shot about 9:50 p.m. Thursday as she tried to sell officers about five pounds of cocaine near Koreatown, in the parking lot of a supermarket at the corner of Vermont Avenue and 3rd Street, Goldberg said.
Also arrested in the parking lot were Nelson Llanos, 27, and Ivan Pagan, 29, both of Hollywood. Pablo Hidalo, 35, was arrested at an apartment in Hollywood. All four suspects, who were booked on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, were held in lieu of $100,000 bail each.