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Agents shot fugitive in Hollywood after he tried to run over them, sources say

March 24, 2011 | 11:29 am

Weho A U.S. Marshal's Service agent and a state parole officer shot and wounded a fugitive in Hollywood after he allegedly tried to run over them, according to sources familiar with the incident.

The agents were not hurt in the incident, which took place shortly before noon Wednesday near Sunset Boulevard and Wilton Place during a surveillance operation being conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement officers.

The suspect was wounded in the incident, which was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the marshal's service. His condition and identity were not released.

A warrant had been issued for the fugitive's arrest after he to failed to report to a halfway house upon his release from prison, the sources said.

The fugitive became aware he was being watched and tried to speed off in a car, the sources said.

That led to a pursuit that ended two blocks away when the suspect rear-ended a vehicle on Sunset.

The car driven by the fugitive ended up on the curb, hemmed in by the officers. Agents ordered the man out of the car, but he put it in reverse and backed toward them.

That's when the marshal and state parole officer, whose names were not released, opened fire and struck the fugitive.


Fugitive under surveillance by federal, state law enforcement shot in Hollywood

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Authorities work at the scene where a fugitive was shot and wounded in Hollywood. Credit: KTLA