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Man shot by police after pursuit and gun battle is identified

A man shot and wounded after he allegedly fired a semiautomatic assault rifle at Los Angeles police officers following a pursuit that ended near downtown L.A. has been identified by authorities as Ian Remy Schlesinger.

Schlesinger -- also known as Chuck or Chuckie -- remained hospitalized Wednesday with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower extremities and a graze wound to the head, LAPD officials said. At the time of the Tuesday night incident, Schlesinger was wanted in connection with a Rampart Division homicide earlier this year.

LAPD officials said Schlesinger, 24, was shot Tuesday after firing multiple rounds at officers with a semiautomatic assault rifle. No officers were hurt.

Ian Schlesinger's brother, Jack Schlesinger, was shot and killed by LAPD officers in September 2010 after the parolee 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.

Similarly Wednesday, Ian Schlesinger 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 but the suspect refused.

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 and began firing at officers.


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