Gunman In Los Angeles Attic Dead, Police Say


LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A man who shot two police officers, then barricaded himself in a home in the Willowbrook section of Los Angeles is dead, police said Wednesday.

The unidentified man was found by SWAT officers after they entered the home they had surrounded for more than 13 hours, the Los Angeles Times reported, noting it was not clear if he was killed in an initial gun battle with police or died during the standoff.

The gunman, who shot and wounded two police officers searching the building, was found in the attic of the home, above the kitchen. Earlier Tuesday police ordered people to leave the home, LAPD Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said.

One officer suffered face and neck injuries and the other was shot in the leg, investigators said.

The incident began Tuesday when a parole officer and a LAPD gang officer were searching a home in unincorporated South Los Angeles and the gunman opened fire, the newspaper reported.

Multiple shots were exchanged in a gunfight during which bullets ripped through the ceiling and floor, authorities said.

The confrontation occurred in an area patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities temporarily closed one lane and the off-ramp of the eastbound 105 Freeway near the scene, the California Highway Patrol said.

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