Los Angeles, CA – A gunman was fatally shot by police after he ambushed two Los Angeles police officers as they were waiting at a stoplight late Sunday night.
The incident occurred in the El Sereno neighborhood at the intersection of Alhambra Avenue and Lombardy Boulevard at approximately 11: 30 p.m., KNBC reported.
The unsuspecting officers were sitting in their patrol vehicle at the stoplight, when the unnamed gunman suddenly opened fire from his position on the street corner.
The patrol vehicle was struck by at least one of the suspect’s bullets, but the officers were not hit during the attack.
The officers immediately radioed for backup, but did not initially return fire, according to KTLA.
The shooter took off on foot into an alley headed toward Belleglade Avenue, and the officers followed him on a parallel street in their patrol vehicle, Los Angeles Police Sergeant Barry Montgomery said during a press conference.
When the gunman came out at Belleglade, he continued to run to Alhambra Avenue, where he got into a shootout with the officers.
“That was the second time he fired on officers before they returned fire,” Sgt. Montgomery noted.
He managed to run away a second time, but was quickly intercepted by even more officers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The gunman was hit during the second exchange of gunfire, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital, KNBC reported.
Police have not determined what the suspect’s motive might have been.
“He fired several times at the officers,” Sgt. Montgomery told reporters, according to KCBS. “These officers were not looking for anyone. Again, they were just on patrol in the area, and he fired upon them unprovoked.”
The shooter was described only as a male in his thirties, and police recovered his handgun at the scene.
Police are reviewing the officers’ bodycam footage as they investigate the officer-involved shooting, KCBS reported.