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LAPD, probation officers shot in South L.A.

Two officers conducting a search in a home in an unincorporated area were shot by a gunman hiding in an attic. The gunman remains at large.

June 25, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times

A gunman hiding in an attic opened fire Tuesday evening on several officers conducting a parole-probation search, wounding a parole officer and an LAPD gang officer, law enforcement authorities told The Times.

The attacker sprayed multiple rounds inside a home in unincorporated South Los Angeles, hitting the Los Angeles Police Department officer in the face and neck and the parole officer in the leg, authorities said.

Multiple rounds were exchanged in an intense firefight during which bullets tore through the ceiling and floor, authorities said. Law enforcement sources said the officers were searching the home when the gunman opened fire.

The LAPD officer is undergoing surgery at a hospital. The parole officer's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The gunman was not arrested, and it was unclear whether he was still in the home.

The gunfire broke out shortly before 7 p.m. in the 2200 block of East 117th Street in an area patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. LAPD officers and deputies from the Sheriff's Department were looking for the suspect.

After the shooting, authorities closed the slow lane and offramp of the eastbound 105 Freeway at Wilmington Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said.

The attack followed an ambush earlier in the day in Mid-City in which a gunman opened fire on two LAPD undercover detectives. The detectives sustained minor wounds as officers swarmed the area and launched a manhunt for the attacker.

No arrests had been made Tuesday evening in that attack.

Authorities said that the two shooting incidents did not appear to be related, but they stressed that the investigation into both incidents was still unfolding.

andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

robert.lopez@latimes.com

Times staff writer Richard Winton contributed to this report.

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