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Standoff continues in Sylmar after officer shot in jaw [Updated]

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Map shows location of standoff as well as other recently reported crimes. Click for a full Sylmar crime report.A standoff was underway Monday morning in Sylmar between police and a shooting suspect after a Los Angeles police officer was shot when responding to a domestic-violence call.

 Officer Steve Jenkins, a veteran canine handler, was in critical but guarded condition and undergoing surgery at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills for damage to his jaw after being shot in the face.

The shooting took place about 2:45 a.m. when officers were approaching the home in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue and were shot at by  someone inside the house.

The neighborhood surrounding 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 suspect had additional weapons other than the gun that was allegedly used to shoot the officer. It was also not clear if the suspect 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 the suspect. The wife was treated for moderate injuries and was in protective custody.

Police have surrounded the house.

The injured officer's wife is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and his son is a police officer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a Monday morning news conference.

The morning's standoff, Beck said, "points up the danger of this occupation."

[Updated at 8:21 a.m.: The police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement the shooting reflected a nationwide trend of increased attacks on officers.

"A total of 162 officers died in the line of duty in 2010, up from 117 in 2009," the statement read. "So far in 2011, 52 have lost their lives, a 20% rise from the same time last year.

"Since the beginning of this year, 27 law enforcement officers around the country were killed either by firearms or felonious assaults. This is an increase of more than 13 % in fatalities over 2010, when 20 officers were killed by firearms or felonious assault at this same point in time."]

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LAPD officer undergoes surgery; SWAT surrounds shooting suspect in Sylmar

-- Andrew Blankstein and Catherine Saillant

Photo: LAPD officers at the command post in Symar. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Map shows location of standoff, as well as recent reported crimes. Credit: Crime L.A.

 
Comments () | Archives (54)

When are citizens going to stand up to the police unions who demand higher wages and benefits, totally out-of-proportion with educational background and market wage equilibrium. It is simply unconsionable that public safety workers place excessive demands on the taxpayer. Enough.

>>Really Katherine?

And now its out that he has a prior conviction so he is not a legal gun owner. How bout the jeweler who saved himself with a gun two weeks ago.
I think its going to get worse too as they cut services to the poor so they don't have to raise taxes on the wealthy...but don't worry, the rich will be ok, they live in gated neighborhoods

EVERYTIME A OFFICER IS SHOT ONE OF THEM KILLED THREE TIMES AS MANY UNARMED SUSPECTS. BUT THEY ARE QUICK TO POINT OUT THE RECORD OF THE ONES THEY SHOT WHAT ABOUT THE OFFICERS RECORD..??

WHATS THE USE OF A COMMENT BOARD IF IT HAS TO BE APPROVED??

 
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