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Suspected gunman in LAPD shootout, pot-shop robbery is captured

A man suspected of riddling a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car with bullets was captured after being bitten by a search dog, authorities said Monday evening.

The windshield of the LAPD cruiser was struck by multiple rounds during the afternoon gun battle in which at least one officer returned fire, according to authorities.

One officer received a minor injury to his hand, possibly from flying glass or metal, the LAPD said.

The shooting followed a reported robbery at a medical marijuana store in the 7300 block of Reseda Boulevard and then a pursuit by officers, the LAPD said. 

The shooting broke out around 4:30 p.m. after at least two suspects smashed their vehicle into another car. The gunman exited the vehicle opened fire on pursuing officers, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The suspected shooter fled the area, near Tampa Avenue and Strather Street, as other officers swarmed the area and set up a perimeter.

Officers in the San Fernando Valley were placed on a modified tactical alert, which means that they can be held over when their shifts end and may respond only to high-priority calls.

One person was taken into custody at the scene as the suspected shooter took off running. The other man was tracked down the LAPD dog and taken into custody shortly before 7:30 p.m.

A third person was also taken into custody. It was not immediately clear what role that person may have played in the incident.


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