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Police surround apartment complex in Sylmar

November 14, 2010 |  1:20 pm

Authorities have closed off several blocks around a Sylmar apartment building while canine units and a SWAT team search for a young man who allegedly fired at a police officer early Sunday.

The suspect may be holed up in a complex in the 14100 block of Paddock Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Karen Rayner. 

The incident began at about 6:30 a.m. when a city of San Fernando police officer spotted a man acting suspiciously and hiding behind a parked car.

The officer, who had been returning from Olive View-UCLA Medical Center after a call, thought he recognized the suspect and slowed down to get a better look.

The suspect then allegedly shouted a derogatory comment at the officer, pulled a gun from his waistband and fired, striking the police car. The officer was unhurt. The suspect ran into a nearby apartment complex, and police set up a perimeter around Foothill Boulevard and Polk Street, Rayner said.

The suspect is described as a 16-year-old male Latino, clean shaven, wearing a black beanie with an NFL logo, a black, long-sleeved T-shirt and gray pants.

-- Carla Rivera