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Man shot by LAPD is brother of man killed in similar gun battle

September 12, 2012 |  9:12 am

A man shot and wounded in a gun battle with police after a pursuit ended near downtown L.A. was the brother of a man fatally shot by police in 2010 in a similar confrontation, said multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

The suspect, who was wanted in connection with a Rampart Division homicide earlier this year, remained hospitalized Wednesday with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower extremities and a graze wound to the head.

LAPD officials said the man was shot Tuesday after firing multiple rounds with a semiautomatic assault rifle at officers, none of whom were hurt.

In a strange twist, though the suspect's name has not been revealed, sources say he is the brother of Jack Schlesinger, a parolee who was shot and killed by LAPD officers in September 2010 after he confronted police with an assault rifle during a traffic stop in Echo Park.

At the time, Schlesinger was being sought for a series of armed robberies in the San Fernando Valley and was stopped in a stolen car.

In the Tuesday night incident, the dead man's brother allegedly stole a white, two-door Honda at gunpoint in Studio City. Police spotted the stolen vehicle and tried to pull it over about 6 p.m. near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue, where the chase began.

The pursuit wound through Echo Park, Silver Lake and downtown for more than an hour before the suspect drove into the Westlake District. The chase ended when the driver crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of South Bixel and West 7th streets.

LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez said the suspect immediately got out of the car with a long gun and "engaged the officers with gunfire." The officers fired back, wounding the suspect, who fell to the ground.

There was no immediate talley of the number officers who fired or the number of shots fired. Lopez said one of the patrol cars was hit multiple times. A handgun also was recovered from the car the suspect was driving, he said.

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