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Man shot by LAPD after ‘significant struggle’ at East Hollywood pharmacy, police say

Los Angeles police shot and injured a man inside an East Hollywood Walgreens shortly after midnight Tuesday during what was described by a sergeant as an “significant struggle.”

Officers answering a report of a dispute inside the store near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue arrived about 12:50 a.m., said LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado. 

The officers found the man who was allegedly fighting with a store employee and attempted to take him into custody, Preciado said.

The man became “extremely combative” and started fighting the officers, taking them to the ground, Preciado said. At some point, he said, police shot the man, wounding him in the leg. A Taser may have also been used, Preciado said.

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The man, who police said was about 30 years old, was taken to a hospital, as was one of the officers, who had a gash on his forehead, Preciado said.

The officers, assigned to the LAPD’s Hollywood Division, were not wearing body cameras, but Preciado said investigators were reviewing store security video.

The shooting, like all LAPD shootings, will be reviewed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, the Los Angeles Police Commission and the Office of the Inspector General.

kate.mather@latimes.com

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