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Theft at school leads to police shooting in Inglewood

January 25, 2012 |  6:25 pm

Two men suspected of stealing construction materials from a school were shot at by a police sergeant after fleeing during an attempted traffic stop, Inglewood police officials said Wednesday.

No officers were hurt in the shooting, which occurred shortly after 6 a.m. when officers responded to  "a burglary in progress" at La Tijera Elementary School, 1415 S. La Tijera Blvd., the department said in a statement.

Inglewood police officials said two men were stealing building materials from the school, which is under construction.

The sergeant, who was not identified, was attempting to make a traffic stop in the 4800 block of West Slauson Avenue when the shooting occurred.

Inglewood police did not release details about what led the sergeant to fire his weapon, or whether the suspects may have been armed.

"One suspect fled from the vehicle on foot and the other fled in the vehicle east on Slauson," Inglewood police said in a statement. "The suspect vehicle was later recovered in the 3500 block of West 58th Place, but was abandoned."

It was unknown whether either suspect was injured.

Police described the driver as a black man, 20 to 25 years old, with a medium complexion, short hair, clean shaven and wearing a long sleeve black shirt. His passenger is said to be a black man, age 20 to 30, between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium build, thin mustache and wearing a black hoodie with white speckles and a zipper.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Inglewood police homicide section at (310) 412-5246, or the 24-hour anonymous hotline at (888) 41-CRIME.

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