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LAPD officer recovering after deadly shootout in South L.A.

An Los Angeles police officer is recovering Thursday after he was injured during a deadly shootout with a suspect in South L.A.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck sent out a Twitter message Thursday morning saying his prayers are with the officer and his family. The unidentified officer was shot in the foot about 4 p.m. Wednesday and was expected to recover from his wound, said Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The suspect, who was armed and wanted in connection with a homicide in the LAPD's Olympic Division, was hit in the shootout and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The incident began about 9:40 a.m. when LAPD officers went to serve an arrest warrant, Rayner said. The suspect allegedly ran from the location at 104th Street and Avalon Boulevard.

LAPD officers set up a perimeter while bringing in Metro and SWAT officers in an attempt to contain him. They were deploying when he was located and tried to flee a second time before being cornered, police said.

"During the search, Metro officers encountered him and were preparing to take him into custody when the officer-involved shooting occurred," Rayner said.  


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