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Shooting by undercover Glendale officers was prompted by attempted robbery, police say

June 21, 2011 |  6:44 pm

North Hollywood shooting scene Glendale police shot a suspect in North Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon after they saw the man and his partner try to commit a street robbery, authorities said.

Two undercover officers were tailing the suspects in a narcotics case when they observed the attempted robbery around 4:15 p.m. in the 6300 block of Colfax Avenue, police said.

The suspects, whose vehicle was boxed in by the undercover police, tried to run over one of the officers after he exited his car, Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department told The Times.

The officer was not hit. The driver then rammed the undercover police cruiser, according to Lorenz.

One suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot injures. As it turned out, both suspects were wanted in a string of robberies, police said.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, which patrols the area, swarmed the scene and set up a perimeter as investigators gathered evidence.


Undercover officers involved in North Hollywood shooting

-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter: @anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (Twitter: @LAJourno)

Photo: The scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 6300 block of Colfax Avenue.  Credit: KTLA