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2 Huntington Beach police officers and suspect wounded by gunfire

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Two Huntington Beach police officers were wounded and a suspect was shot Thursday morning following a report of a man armed with a knife, authorities say.
(Los Angeles Times)

Authorities are investigating a Huntington Beach police shooting in which two officers and a suspect were injured Thursday morning.

The officers were responding to a 7:08 a.m. report of a man slashing tires in the neighborhood of Delaware Street and Utica Avenue, according to police.

The officers were struck by gunfire as well as the suspect, Chief Robert Handy said at a news conference. The two veteran officers and suspect were taken to hospitals, police said.

Detectives were still trying to determine what led to the shooting.

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“We don’t know exactly what happened yet,” Handy said. “We can’t say it was a friendly fire incident.”

Investigators recovered a knife and continued searching the scene for additional evidence.

“Of course these situations are very dynamic,” the chief said. “Honestly, when they are converging on somebody trying to get away, things get very hectic.”

The officers were in stable condition, police said.

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veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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UPDATES:

11:50 a.m.: This article was updated with the chief saying the officers were also shot.

This article was originally published at 9:05 a.m.


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