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LAPD officer undergoes surgery; SWAT surrounds shooting suspect in Sylmar [update]

April 4, 2011 |  7:00 am
LAPD officer shot in Sylmar

A standoff was underway Monday morning in Sylmar after a Los Angeles police officer was shot when responding to a domestic-violence call.

The officer, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills after being shot at least twice by the suspect. The shooting occurred around 2:45 a.m. inside a residence in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue. [Updated 7:20 a.m.: An earlier version of this article said the shooting took place at 4 a.m.]

The officer underwent surgery, and officials said they were hopeful he would "make a good recovery." He was listed in fair condition.

The neighborhood around the site of the shooting has been evacuated for the safety of residents. Police said an evacuation center had been set up at Sylmar High School.

Police said they did not know if the man had additional weapons other than the gun that was allegedly used to shoot the officer. It was also not clear if the assailant was wounded. No one else was believed to be in the residence.

The incident began around 10:38 p.m. Sunday with a call from the man's wife, who had fled to a nearby residence to call police after allegedly being injured by her husband. She was treated for moderate injuries and is in protective custody. Officers were not immediately able to locate the man.

The shooting took place around 2:45 a.m. Monday when officers were approaching the home and "received fire from within the house," police said.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Crime over last six months in Sylmar:

Violent crimes (89)
Property crimes (562)

Graphic: Crime L.A.

Photo: KTLA News