Boyle Heights Shooting Leaves One Suspect Dead, Two Officers Hospitalized

A shooting in Boyle Heights has left one suspect dead and two police officers hospitalized.

According to KABC, the Boyle Heights shooting suspect is dead and two police officers were rushed to the hospital Friday night after an officer-involved shooting in the Los Angeles suburb.

According to the Los Angeles police, officers responded to reports of shots fired near 7th and Lorena streets in Boyle Heights around 8:30 p.m.

KTLA5 reports that the police officers exchanged gunfire with someone they were trying to stop, officials said.

Preliminary information indicates that two gang officers driving near 7th and Lorena streets tried to make a pedestrian stop, LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado said; however, it was not immediately clear why the officers wanted to stop the person.

When the suspect who was described as a man fled and after a brief pursuit, the officers caught up to the person, who then “produced a gun,” prompting the exchange of gunfire, according to Preciado.

During the fray, the suspect was shot and killed, and the two police officers were injured after being shot.

One unidentified officer was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after he was shot in the shoulder, according to the LAPD. The second officer was transported to the hospital to be checked by medical personnel for complaints of pain from an unknown injury.

According to the Los Angeles Times, both officers involved in the Boyle Heights shooting were wearing body cameras and the footage is under review.

The officers were backed up by several members of the LAPD’s command staff following the shooting and Police Chief Charlie Beck accompanied the wounded officers to the hospital.

Beck stopped by the shooting scene shortly before midnight, telling reporters he had visited with the wounded officer, who the chief said was a “very tough young man.”

“I worry about this every night. We’re very, very, very lucky that we didn’t lose a Los Angeles police officer.”

No other injuries or arrests were reported. The investigation remains ongoing.

It has been a busy week for police officers in Boyle Heights.

A man was shot during an attempted robbery on May 8 at a Boyle Heights gas station, according to

The incident took place shortly before 2 a.m. on Mother’s Day.

The victim was reportedly pumping gas when he was approached by a man described as Hispanic, who tried to grab the victim’s necklace or chain from around his neck, according to an LAPD desk officer.

During the struggle that ensued, the gunman brandished his weapon and opened fire.

Sergio, an employee of the AMPM convenience store attached to the gas station, said the attempted robbery and shooting startled other customers.

“We just heard a gunshot, and everyone who was in here ducked. A couple of people that were outside were able to run inside.”

According to LAPD, the victim was shot once. Sergio said he quickly helped the Boyle Heights’ shooting victim.

“I tried to help him out, I took him a roll of white paper. He had a little hole in his neck.”

The victim was brought to a local hospital by paramedics in stable condition, according to LAPD, and is expected to survive.

The shooter fled the scene and remains at large. Police did not have a detailed description of the wanted male.

No other information was immediately released in the attempted robbery and shooting in Boyle Heights.

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