3 LAPD officers shot in Lincoln Heights; suspect dead
LOS ANGELES - Three Los Angeles Police Department officers were shot by a suspect during an incident in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles Wednesday night.
According to the police department, officers with the Hollenbeck division received a call around 3:50 p.m. regarding a parolee at large in the area of N. Mission Road and N. Broadway.
The suspect, identified as Jonathan Magaña, failed to comply to their commands and officers requested K9 units for backup, authorities said. That's when Magaña then barricaded in a garage nearby.
Officers made several verbal announcements in both English and Spanish for Magaña to surrender, but he still refused, causing officers to deploy a chemical agent.
After releasing the chemical agent, Magaña started firing at officers, resulting in an officer-involved shooting, Assistant Chief Alfred Labrada said.
SWAT then deployed a robotic device equipped with a video camera into the room Magaña was barricaded in. The robotic device located him, and he appeared to be unresponsive. SWAT officers made entry into the room; the department said Magaña was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene.
All the injured officers were taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to LAPD Chief Michel Moore. According to sources at the hospital, one officer was shot in the arm, another shot in the vest and has shrapnel in his abdomen and the other was shot in the elbow. At least one officer needs surgery. No K9s were injured.
During a search of the scene, officers located two loaded handguns. One handgun was a 9mm Polymer 80 semi-automatic "Ghost Gun" and the second handgun was a 9mm Glock semi-automatic Model 43X. A loaded extended high-capacity magazine was also recovered at scene.
On Thursday, two of the three officers were released from County-USC Medical Center. The third officer was released from the hospital on Sunday.
"Our profession comes with great risks as we saw last Thursday in Lincoln Heights," the LAPD tweeted Sunday. "Today, our third officer and final officer was released from the hospital. We welcome all three officers home. We support them and commend their bravery as they embark on the path to recovery."
Following the shooting the department went on a city-wide tactical alert, meaning officers are only responding to life-threatening calls for service.
Residents in the area were told to stay inside and lock their doors as the suspect was considered armed and dangerous.
LA Mayor Karen Bass visited the officers at the hospital and spoke to two of them, saying that they're "strong" and were concerned about their fellow officers.