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LAPD officers involved in 2 shootings new year's morning

Los Angeles police are investigating two officer-involved shootings that were reported New Year's Day morning, department officials said Sunday.

The first incident took place in the opening minutes of 2012 when a sergeant driving his patrol car through the intersection of Florence and McKinley avenues was shot at.

The sergeant, who was uninjured and was not immediately identified, returned fire. The suspect, also not identified by police, also escaped injury and was arrested without further incident at the scene.

The second shooting was reported just after 7 a.m. in the 500 block of South Kenmore Avenue, said LAPD spokesman Gus Villanueva. In that incident, LAPD officers were responding to a disturbance call when they got into a confrontation with a suspect.

Both officers fired an unknown number of rounds at the suspect, who was struck several times. The condition of the suspect and his identity were not immediately available.

Neither of the officers involved in the second incident was injured, police said.


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-- Andrew Blankstein


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