After an LAPD officer was shot yesterday afternoon in South L.A. (and, fortunately, saved by his bulletproof vest), the incident looks to have sparked some paranoia among officers in nearby jurisdictions:
In La Habra -- an Orange County town to the southeast of L.A. -- local cops shot a 47-year-old man who was allegedly violating a restraining order in a trailer park around 10:30 p.m. No information has been released about what caused them to pull the trigger. Last we heard...
... the victim was still alive in the hospital, but the whole thing is very under wraps. (Neighbors in the quiet community expressed their shock to City News Service.)
In San Pedro, half an hour later, another officer-involved shooting turned fatal:
LAPD media relations officer Richard French tells us that officers were "involved in a shooting after being attacked by a screaming man" on the 100 block of D street in Wilmington, at a multi-unit apartment complex.
"They heard a man screaming at the rear of the complex," he says. "So they went to the back of building, and saw a man breaking out windows on the second floor."
The deadly confrontation ocurred after officers went upstairs and entered the unit, where French says they were "immediately attacked... with some kind of a sharp cane."
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Police allegedly tried to subdue the man with a taser, "but that was not effective." So, when he lunged at them a second time, actually "stabbing one of the officers with the cane," they opened fire.
Both the stabbed officer and the shooting victim were immediately transported to the hospital, where the former was declared "in stable condition" and the second was pronounced dead.
The L.A. County Coroner's Office says it's waiting until next of kin is notified to release the dead San Pedro man's identity.