(Dec. 23, 2006) -- As LBReport.com first reported last night via on-scene reporter Ryan Smolar, and LBPD confirmed this morning, a second crime scene exists in the area of Broadway and LB Blvd. where LBPD engaged a fleeing suspect after he allegedly opened fire on two police officers at LB Blvd./6th St.
The suspect's vehicle was found in an underground garage in the 200 block of Elm Ave., and after SWAT deployment to the site overnight, the vehicle -- with a right side window shot out -- was removed via this north-south alley just prior to our arrival this morning (Dec. 23).
Within hours of the shooting, LBReport.com reported that multiple crime scenes were involved...and reporter Smolar reported a witness saying bullets flew in the area of Broadway and LB Blvd.
And this morning, LBPD Public Information Officer Jason Evans told LBReport.com that after the suspect fled the scene at 6th St. and LB Blvd., LBPD officers encountered the suspect at Broadway and LB Blvd., gunfire was exchanged at that location. No LBPD officers were struck, and LBPD has no confirmation about whether the suspect was hit.
Did the gunfire go both ways? Yes, they exchanged gunfire. Further details are pending.
From the time of the shootings (roughly 1:20 p.m. Friday) until mid-morning Saturday, LBPD maintained a tight perimeter (police tape, entry and exit tightly controlled on multiple area streets.
By midday Saturday, the strictly controlled entry/exit perimeter area was reduced (this was 300 block Linden Ave. while perimeter was enforced). LB Blvd. was also reopened to traffic.
At dawn Saturday, LBPD says the two wounded LB police officers are in stable but critical condition after being shot and enduring surgery following the Dec. 22 midday traffic stop in the area of LB Blvd/6th St. LBPD says a suspect exited the vehicle...and opened fire on the two officers.
The suspect is a male Hispanic or Filipino, late 20s-early 30s, 5'7"-5'9", 210-230 pounds, short hair or shaved head, tattoos on both arms. The suspect is (obviously) considered armed and dangerous and should be treated with extreme caution. If you see the suspect, call LBPD at (562) 435-6711.
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