Murder suspect shot, killed by officers in Vernon trucking yard

A murder suspect was shot and killed while attempting to flee from officers Wednesday morning at a trucking yard in Vernon.

The shooting occurred in the 5600 block of District Boulevard, an industrial area located off Heliotrope Avenue. 

According to South Gate Police Chief Darren Arakawa, officers from multiple agencies involved with a task force carried out searches of various locations, primarily homeless encampments along the Los Angeles River bed. At one of the eight targeted locations, the suspect was spotted but he fled into the Vernon truck yard, officials said.

The unidentified suspect was confronted by a South Gate police officer, who was then attacked by the suspect. The suspect tried to take away the officer's gun, and punched the female officer in the face, police said during a press conference.

Arakawa said the suspect has an extensive criminal record and had been released from prison last year.

A gun was recovered at the scene. Officers taking part in the search had been warned in advance that the suspect was believed to be armed and dangerous.

The suspect was wanted for attempted murder and murder.