A robbery-murder suspect being transported to Fresno by law enforcement officers was shot Tuesday when he tried to escape near Los Angeles International Airport, police said.
Tony Vong, 25, was about to board a United Express flight when he escaped the custody of Fresno police and sheriff’s detectives.
“The suspect climbed a fence topped with barbed wire and attempted to escape on Sepulveda Boulevard,” said LAPD spokesman Eduardo Funes. “One of the Fresno officers fired multiple rounds at the fleeing suspect.”
Vong was struck in the chest and transported to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
“The suspect had arrived from South Dakota and was changing planes when the incident occurred,” Funes said.
LAPD detectives are investigating the shooting, Funes said.
Fresno detectives from the “joint extradition team” were bringing Vong back, said Fresno County sheriff’s Lt. Bob McDonald.
Vong had been arrested about two weeks ago in connection with the Dec. 19 murder of a Fresno jeweler, McDonald said.