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North Hollywood slaying suspect dies in LAPD shooting

June 14, 2012 |  6:02 pm

LAPD oficers at the shooting scene near the 170 Freeway.A man suspected of taking part in a North Hollywood shooting that left one person dead and another wounded died after he was gunned down by officers on a freeway offramp, police said Thursday evening.

The man allegedly confronted officers with a gun after being ordered to step out of a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The officer-involved shooting came at the end of a high-speed chase amid rush-hour traffic on the southbound 170 Freeway.

The incident began shortly after 4 p.m. when gunfire broke out near Valerio Street and Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood. 

Two victims were hit, one of them fatally, when officers arrived, according to the LAPD. The second victim was in critical condition.

Two suspects fled in a vehicle as LAPD patrol cars followed.

As the pair exited the Burbank Boulevard offramp, police said, they stopped the vehicle.

"Officers surrounded the vehicle and were ordering the suspect out of the vehicle when an officer-involved shooting occurred," LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva told The Times.

It was not immediately clear how many officers were involved in the shooting and how many rounds were fired. Detectives had not determined what sparked the initial shooting. 

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-- Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: Officers at the shooting scene near the 170 Freeway. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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