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Robbery suspect shot by police in South L.A., then takes refuge in car [Updated]

November 3, 2009 | 12:36 pm

A man believed to have participated in an armed robbery was shot by police today in South L.A. and is thought to be alive inside his car and armed with a gun.

[Updated at 1:19 p.m.: The man was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, said LAPD Officer Gregory Baek. His condition was unknown.]

Police say the man was one of three who participated in an armed robbery. Two suspects tried to flee but were detained, and the remaining man engaged in a shootout with responding officers, officials said.

An LAPD tactical unit attempted to use a bomb squad robot to pry the gun from the man.

The man also may have been involved in a carjacking, police said.

The incident was reported around 10 a.m. when patrol officers tried to pull over a vehicle carrying several suspects near the intersection of 41st and Naomi streets, according to LAPD officials.

The driver led officers on a brief pursuit near the intersection of 59th street and Avalon Boulevard before the shooting.

-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

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