Armed Suspect Wounded in Officer-Involved Shooting in Covina

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Armed Suspect Wounded in Officer-Involved Shooting in Covina

by Contributing Editor

An armed suspect was wounded Friday morning in an officer-involved shooting in Covina.

The shooting was at about 12:40 a.m in the 4000 block of North Morada Avenue, west of Vincent Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was investigating the shooting.

The suspect — whose name was not immediately released — was taken to a hospital in serious condition, the LASD said.

According to the sheriff’s department, Covina police officers went to the area on a report of a brush fire near the location.

“Upon arriving on scene, the officers noticed a male suspect within close proximity of a brush fire and armed with a shotgun,” a sheriff’s statement said. “The suspect then fled towards the 4100 block of Morada Avenue and proceeded north through several yards in an attempt to avoid being apprehended.”

Authorities found the man in a backyard and tried to arrest him, according to the sheriff’s department.

“The suspect failed to comply with commands and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the statement said. “The suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the upper torso and was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in serious condition.”

Media reports said the suspect had used a shotgun to open fire on responding Los Angeles County firefighters before running off, but no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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