One suspect was arrested and another is at large after the two allegedly opened fire on a police car patrolling a Los Angeles neighborhood on Sunday night.
The officers were not injured in the attack. One officer was able to fire his gun before the suspects fled.
The shooting comes just days after two NYPD officers were killed in a brazen daytime attack in Brooklyn. Police have not determined a motive for the LAPD shooting, but did say there were no indications the shooting was linked to other attacks on police around the nation.
“It was a completely unprovoked attack,” LAPD Deputy Chief Bob Green said initially. “They were just driving on the street, and somebody struck out and tried to kill two policemen.”
However, Green later said police were looking into whether the officers might have driven into an ongoing dispute and were inadvertently fired at.
“Last night the initial assessment, based on the reaction of officers and the adrenaline factor, was they were getting ambushed, but, you know, things change and it takes a lot to investigate this,” Green said.
Christopher Taylor, 18, was arrested shortly after. He was booked on suspicion of shooting at an occupied vehicle. The other suspect has not been located.
From the Huffington Post:
Police found a handgun and rifle at the scene, and were looking for video evidence and conducting interviews to determine details such as why and how the shooting occurred.
The two officers were responding to an unrelated radio call and driving slowly in a neighborhood when they saw two men on a sidewalk and the flash of a rifle being fired, police said.
The officers stopped the car, and one got out and returned fire as the men fled. Police found one suspect, uninjured, a short time later along with a rifle and a pistol.
Police searched the neighborhood throughout the night for the other man, warning nearby residents to stay in their homes. Police stopped the search after the man wasn’t found.
Police are continuing their investigation. Chief Charlie Beck said that though he was concerned people might be targeting officers, the neighborhood has been plagued with gang violence in recent months.
“It’s gettin’ bad, it’s gettin’ real bad,” resident Isiah Frierson, 65, said Monday. “You can’t go nowhere.”
Police are still searching for the second suspect.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.