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Man with gun is shot by police officers in Echo Park

March 19, 2013 |  7:14 am

An investigation into an officer involved shooting is underway in Echo Park.

A man wielding a gun was shot by police officers in Echo Park shortly after midnight Tuesday and was in stable condition at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police received multiple reports about 12:15 a.m. of a man with a gun at West Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park Avenue, near the Echo and Echoplex music club. After a short foot pursuit, the man turned around holding an object, and the officers fired on him, said officer Alex Martinez.

A report on KTLA-TV contains cellphone video from witnesses who were sitting in a car and observed the shooting. The video shows a man rounding a corner with several police officers in pursuit before multiple gunshots ring out.

One witness, who gave his name as Carlos, told the TV station officers ordered the man to get down on the ground and drop what he was holding. According to the witness, the man shot at the officers first before they fired back.

“He ran, and we saw him open fire to the cops, and they shot back. We saw him hit the floor,” the witness said.

As of 6:40 a.m., Sunset Boulevard was still closed while police investigated, with 10 police cars at the scene, Martinez said.

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Photo: An investigation into an officer-involved shooting is underway in Echo Park. A man wielding a gun was shot by police officers in Echo Park shortly after midnight Tuesday and is in stable condition at an area hospital. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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