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Driver shot by Alhambra police after hitting officer, officials say

January 5, 2013 | 10:45 am

Police in Alhambra shot and wounded a wrong-way driver after he struck an officer with his car early Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Alhambra police officers were on foot patrol about 2 a.m. near the intersection of 2nd and Main streets when they saw a vehicle headed south in the northbound lane of 2nd Street.

The officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver did not pull over. The driver was shot after the vehicle struck one of the officers, the statement said.

The car was stopped a few blocks away.

The driver was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. A male passenger was treated for unrelated injuries that authorities said he had suffered earlier. Their names and ages were not given but were said to be adults.

The officer struck by the car was taken to a local hospital where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff’s department is assisting Alhambra police in the investigation of the shooting. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.


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