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Man dies in gun battle with LAPD in Pico-Union area

December 21, 2011 | 10:59 pm

LAPD officer involved shooting scene

A man who police said fired at them in the Pico-Union area was killed Wednesday night in a gun battle with officers.

The shooting occurred shortly after 7 p.m. when officers began following a vehicle reported stolen from Long Beach, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

As the vehicle neared Washington Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, it struck a van. A man in his 20s exited the first vehicle with a revolver and began firing at officers, police said.

The bullets struck at least two police cruisers, Officer Norma Eisenman said. Officers returned fire and hit the man.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured.

Late Wednesday, investigators were at the scene gathering evidence. The revolver was recovered from the scene, police said. No other details were immediately available.

Map shows location where shooting took place. Credit: Google Maps