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LAPD says man shot after he fired gun into home filled with people

October 24, 2011 | 10:06 pm

LAPD shooting scene
Los Angeles police Monday night identified a man who was shot by officers in Watts after he allegedly fired a handgun into a house filled with people and then pointed the weapon at police.

Melvin Butler, 27, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Butler is accused of firing the weapon into the home in 10200 block of Main Street, where several adults and children were inside. Butler allegedly stormed into the home and fought with a man while the children and other adults tried to hide, according to police.

"The residents scrambled for safety inside, hiding in closets and wherever they could find concealment from the armed suspect," the LAPD said a statement.

As Butler and the man struggled for control of the weapon, police arrived and the officer-involved shooting took place, the LAPD said. Butler was shot multiple times and seriously wounded. One of the men inside the home was allegedly wounded by Butler, police said.

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Map shows recent crimes near the scene where a man allegedly fired a handgun into a home. Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.

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