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Police shoot man in Angelino Heights; continue to search for his friend

December 12, 2008 |  3:06 pm

Police shot a man this afternoon in Angelino Heights while responding to a domestic disturbance allegedly involving his friend and the friend's ex-wife, authorities said. Police are still searching for the ex-husband, who fled the scene before they arrived.

The incident began about 8 a.m. when police went to the ex-wife's home in the 600 block of Laveta Terrace in response to reports of an argument between a divorced couple. When they arrived, the ex-husband's friend was standing outside with a gun and fled, said Lt. Joe Losorelli of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police lost sight of the man at West Edgeware Road and established a perimeter in the neighborhood to find him.

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Police caught up with him a block away on Kallam Avenue, where they shot him in the ankle. He had a gun in his hand, they said. It was unclear what provoked the shooting.

The initial call to police came from the ex-wife, who said her ex-husband was arguing with her because she refused to let him take their children from the home. The woman told police she would not let the father have the children because it was not a court-approved visitation day under their custody agreement.

Streets in the neighborhood remain closed while police continue their search for the ex-husband.

-- Ruben Vives