Gang Suspect Shot by Officer

Inglewood police shot an alleged gang member wanted on charges of assault and attempted arson this week after he put his hand into his jacket as if he were reaching for a weapon, police reports said.

Anthony Odom, 24, a former Inglewood resident who lives in San Bernardino, was shot Tuesday by the same Inglewood police officer who had shot him in 1988 during an another arrest, according to police. The name of the officer was not released.

Odom was being sought on a warrant for his alleged involvement in a shooting and attempted arson at an Inglewood home last September, police said. Police called in the SWAT team when Odom was spotted Tuesday with a companion at a West 102nd Street apartment building.

The officer wounded Odom in the hand and buttocks when Odom appeared to reach into his jacket as the officer chased him, police said. Police spokesmen said they did not know whether Odom was armed.

Odom was treated for his wounds at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center and is being held in County Jail pending his arraignment. Odom’s warrant alleges that he fired a rifle into an occupied home and then threw in a Molotov cocktail.