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Robbery suspect shot by Hawthorne police officer during arrest

October 12, 2012 |  7:21 am

Approximate location of robbery shown in black.

A robbery suspect was in stable condition Friday after being shot by a Hawthorne police officer during a struggle to arrest him, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives were investigating the 7:30 p.m. shooting Thursday in Gardena.

Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Grubb said Hawthorne police officers responded to a report of a robbery around 7:30 p.m. at a business in the 3100 block of Rosecrans Avenue in Hawthorne and that three men were seen fleeing in a vehicle.

One suspect was arrested soon after the car was discovered in the 2900 block of 139th Street in Gardena. A second man was apprehended after officers surrounded the area.

The third suspect was found hiding in the 2900 block of 141st Place at 9:25 p.m. and was shot and wounded while resisting arrest, Grubb said.  No officers were injured.

The investigation is continuing into whether the man, who was taken to a hospital, was armed. The suspects’ identities have not yet been released.

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Map: Approximate location of robbery shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.

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