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Armed robbery suspect shot by Torrance police

June 7, 2011 | 11:30 am

Map shows approximate location of robbery. Click for more information on surrounding area. A suspect was recovering Tuesday after being shot by officers while allegedly fleeing the scene of an armed robbery in Torrance.

Torrance police responded to a report of an armed robbery on the 3800 block of Del Amo Boulevard at about 11:25 a.m. Monday, according to a police statement.

The victim told officers that a man robbed him of his briefcase at gunpoint and then fled in a gray Ford sport utility vehicle with no license plates. Shortly after, police saw a vehicle matching the description getting onto the 405 Freeway at Hawthorne Boulevard.

They chased it to Sepulveda Boulevard and Howard Hughes Parkway, where police forced the vehicle into a spin and fired on it.

The vehicle continued to flee and was again stopped at Manchester Boulevard and Airport Boulevard, where officers fired on the suspect again.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Uyeda said the suspect did not fire on officers but may have driven his vehicle at them.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was in guarded condition at a hospital. He has not yet been charged with the robbery pending his release from the hospital but is being held on a parole violation, Uyeda said.

Police found two replica handguns at the scene when the chase ended. No further details were immediately available.


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Map: Shows approximate location of robbery. Credit: Mapping L.A.