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Freeway reopens after suspect arrested in parole agent's shooting

January 4, 2012 |  7:44 pm


A section of the busy 210 Freeway in Lake View Terrace was reopened Wednesday night after authorities detained a parolee suspected of shooting and seriously wounding a parole agent.

The shooting, which occurred about 1:30 p.m., sparked a massive manhunt involving three law enforcement agencies and forced authorities to lock down two Lake View Terrace schools and shut down the 210 between the 118 Freeway and Sunland Boulevard.

The California Highway Patrol said Wednesday night that the eastbound and westbound 210 offramps to Wheatland Avenue were closed because of the shooting investigation.

Multiple law enforcement officials who spoke to The Times identified the suspect as Steven Hoff, 43. Hoff has convictions for weapons possession and terrorist threats, according to court records and law enforcement officials.

Hoff was taken into custody by officers about 6 p.m., according to the law enforcement officials who asked not to be named because the investigation was ongoing.

He was taken by an ambulance to a local hospital, where he was being treated for unspecified injuries. He was listed in serious condition with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.

Earlier, Lt. Eddie Hernandez told reporters that it was unclear whether the suspect had been shot by one of the parole agents.

Agents were searching for a parolee suspected of violating his parole when they were fired upon while at the front of a home in Lake View Terrace, authorities said. One of the agents was struck in the face. He was listed Wednesday evening in serious condition with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to authorities.

The two Lake View Terrace schools, Brainard Elementary School and Delphi Academy of Los Angeles, were locked down. Hernandez  said 166 students and staff members were at Delphi, and that eight staff members were at Brainard because students were on vacation.

Authorities were in the process of reuniting students Wednesday evening with their parents.


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Photo: The scene where a parole agent was shot in Lake View Terrace.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5