Party-Goer Shoots It Out With LAPD Downtown
A party-goer shot it out with police at a party near downtown over the weekend, the Los Angeles Police Department reported this week. The early Sunday volleys happened near Washington Boulevard and Los Angeles Street after cops responded to a rowdy party where fights were breaking out inside.
According to the LAPD, Officer Guillermo Calleros and Officer Jesus Parra were telling people to go home when they heard gunfire at the rear of the venue. They booked it to the back of the building and spotted a suspect popping off rounds from a semiautomatic handgun, prompting them to open fire.
The man allegedly fled to a parking lot and then shot at a third officer who had joined the fray, Brendy Ponce, prompting another round of gunfire from cops. At the same time, a 17-year-old had opened fire in a crowd nearby, in an alley on 21st street, police said.
Amazingly, no one was injured. Police identified the man they allegedly traded gunfire with as Donald Trotter, 23. The teenage suspect's identity was withheld because of his age. Trotter was booked on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer. Authorities say they found a handgun under a car "associated" with him as well as one inside the vehicle.