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Man shot by Azusa police officer is unlikely to be arrested

April 19, 2009 |  2:13 pm

A man who was shot after an altercation with an Azusa police officer this weekend won't be arrested, authorities said today.  The 19-year-old was apparently unarmed.

Azusa police stopped Jesus Lopez in the 800 block of West Foothill Boulevard just before 7 a.m. Saturday because they suspected the car he was driving, a Toyota Camry, had figured in the theft of another vehicle the night before, L.A. County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Harris said. The Sheriff’s Department was called to assist in investigating the shooting.

Harris said authorities were continuing to investigate but had no plans to arrest Lopez.

After he was pulled over early Saturday, Lopez ran from the scene, authorities said. He was chased by an Azusa Police Department officer, and the two men "became involved in a physical altercation," according to a statement by the Sheriff’s Department.

Harris said the officer, who had not been identified, shot Lopez once in the lower body, but Lopez managed to escape.

Lopez was found several hours later and taken to a hospital, officials said. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

-- Ari Bloomekatz