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Suspect identified in Santa Monica police shooting

May 18, 2010 | 10:50 pm
A man who allegedly shot a Santa Monica police officer has been identified as Dante Glenn Leverette, 32,  of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday night.

Leverette, who was wounded by officers after the attack on the officer, was arrested and will be booked on suspicion of attempted homicide, Sgt. Jay Trisler of the Santa Monica Police Department said.

The officer was shot in the abdomen during a traffic stop early Tuesday near Lincoln Boulevard and Bay Street, police said. A 16-year veteran, the officer was listed as having a non-life-threatening injury.

Trisler said Leverette had a "significant criminal history" and was being treated at a hospital Tuesday night for multiple gunshot wounds. He was expected to survive.

--Robert J. Lopez