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Suspect in shooting of LAPD officer found dead in Sylmar home

April 4, 2011 |  8:26 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A man suspected of critically wounding a Los Angeles police officer in a shootout in Sylmar was found dead Monday night inside the residence where he had held officers at bay for hours, authorities said at a news conference.

Sergio O. Salazar, 53, had held the police off after opening fire when officers swarmed the scene to assist his wife, who alleged that her husband had attacked her.

Officer Steven Jenkins was struck twice by bullets as the gunman opened fire from inside the home, according to the LAPD. Jenkins was shot in the jaw and shoulder, officials said, and was listed Monday evening in critical but stable condition at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.

PHOTOS: Standoff in Sylmar

Shots were fired from the home as police fired tear gas and stinging "hot gas" in an effort to force the suspect from the residence. The LAPD used a forklift-like device to tear down portions of a wall of the house, but shots were fired at police from windows and breaches in the wall.

Police said they had been called to the home in the 13600 block of Dronfield Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night after Salazar's wife reported that he had attacked her. He refused to come to the door, and when police sent a team of dog handlers to the front of the home, the suspect began firing, striking Jenkins, police said.

Officers withdrew and continued attempts to contact Salazar, without success. About 9:30 a.m. Monday, they began intensifying their efforts to remove him with tear gas and, later, the hot gas.

Neighbors had been evacuated from the gated community.

For the record, 10:49 p.m. April 4: A previous version of this post said the block on which the incident occurred was the 16300 block of Dronfield Avenue. It was the 13600 block.


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