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USC security, LAPD chase and catch man who tossed gun near campus

By Eryn Brown

2:01 PM PST, February 23, 2014

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A man who tossed a gun in a neighborhood near the USC campus was apprehended by campus security and Los Angeles police officers Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident began when a USC officer started following a motorist driving on Budlong Avenue about a half mile from the campus, said David Carlisle, deputy of the USC Department of Public Safety. The officer ran the car's license plate and discovered the vehicle was registered to an individual with a standing arrest warrant, he said. 

The officer then alerted Los Angeles police, Carlisle said.

About 8:30 a.m., the pursued vehicle pulled to the curb and the driver and one passenger fled, he said. The passenger tossed a gun on the ground, which police later recovered.

Officers, including canine units, set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and caught one of the suspects, the passenger, about 12:30 p.m., at the intersection of 27th and Catalina streets northwest of campus. The driver of the vehicle is still at large.

Campus security sent out a text alert to students, faculty and staff at USC "to keep people informed," Carlisle said.

"At no time did we believe the suspects were coming to campus," he added. "It was not a lockdown." 

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