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West Covina police officer shot in chest after approaching man on bike

West Covina police officer shot
The gunfight occurred at North Yaleton Avenue, just north of Badillo Street.
(Los Angeles Times)

A West Covina police officer was shot in the chest after he approached an armed man on a bicycle, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. 

The officer is expected to survive and was taken to a hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. The gunman is at large.

The shooting occurred about 11:20 p.m. on North Yaleton Avenue, near Badillo Street, along the northern border of West Covina.

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After the officer approached the man, a gunbattle ensued, authorities said. Sheriff’s detectives did not know if the gunman was struck by gunfire.

The suspect was identified as Jose Luis Chavez, 47, who is described as a 6 feet, 1 inch, and 225 pounds, officials said. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (800) 222-8477 or texting “TIPLA” to CRIMES (274637), or going to the website lacrimestoppers.org.

ron.lin@latimes.com

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UPDATES:

4:57p.m.: This article was updated to include the name of the suspect.

This article was originally published at 7:28 a.m.

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