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Fountain Valley police shoot, wound armed robbery suspect

December 28, 2010 |  9:15 pm

A 17-year-old armed robbery suspect was shot and wounded by Fountain Valley police officers Tuesday morning at an apartment complex in the 9600 block of El Rey Avenue, authorities said.

Officers had responded to an armed robbery report and were setting up a perimeter in the courtyard of the Corte Bella Apartments about 10:30 a.m. when they confronted a male suspect brandishing a shotgun, Sgt. Matt Sheppard said.

“The suspect ignored officers' demands to drop the weapon, raised it and fired several rounds,” according to a department statement. The officers returned fire, and the suspect was struck several times in the torso and upper body, Sheppard said.

The suspect, who is a Fountain Valley resident, was taken to a trauma center where he underwent surgery. His name has not been released, and Sheppard said his condition was unknown. None of the officers involved was injured, Sheppard said.

Sheppard said it was unclear whether the suspect had taken anything from the apartment. The robbery victim was able to leave the apartment before the shooting and was also unharmed, he said.

Sheppard described the Corte Bella Apartments as a “fairly large complex” with several buildings and swimming pools. The complex is just south of the San Diego Freeway.

Fountain Valley police and the Orange County district attorney’s office are investigating the incident, common practice in any officer-involved shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Fountain Valley detectives at (714) 593-4485.

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