Two teen-age boys suspected of car theft and attempted robbery were in custody Saturday after a shootout with undercover investigators in Van Nuys left one boy with a slight head wound, Los Angeles police said.
The shooting occurred at 1:30 a.m. in the 15500 block of Harland Avenue after a car and foot chase. The chase began when two auto-theft investigators attempted to arrest the boys, ages 15 and 17, on suspicion of robbing a convenience store, Officer Rick Dulgerian said.
Officers William Largey and Robert Arzuman had been watching the youths after spotting them driving separate cars that the officers believed might have been stolen, Dulgerian said. When the youths ran out of a convenience store at Woodley Avenue and Sherman Way and sped away in the cars, the officers called for patrol officers and attempted to pull the suspects over.
At Harland Avenue, one of the cars stopped, the 17-year-old jumped out and "hurried rapidly toward the officers' vehicle while raising a handgun," Dulgerian said. Arzuman fired three shots through his car's windshield at the approaching youth, grazing his head, Dulgerian said.