Station Shooting

04/08/2014 2:47 pm0 commentsViews: 39

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A police officer who was shot multiple times in a
gun battle inside the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic
Division was hospitalized in good condition today, and police said they found a
large cache of ammunition and weapons inside the shooting suspect’s home.
The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Daniel Christopher Yealu of
Los Angeles. He remains hospitalized in critical condition, according to the
LAPD. He was believed to have been shot at least four times in the gunfire.
Police said Yealu walked into the lobby of the building at 4861 Venice
Blvd. around 8 p.m. Monday, spoke with an officer inside then pulled out a semi-
automatic weapon and opened fire. A meeting of the Olympic Park Neighborhood
Council was being held in the building at the time.
The unidentified officer, a seven-year veteran, was shot seven times,Crime Tape-0006
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. He said the officer was in stable condition and
in good spirits. The officer also received good wishes from Mayor Eric
Garcetti.
The wounded officer and his partner — a female four-year veteran of the
LAPD — both returned fire, but the partner was not wounded, police said.
“He went into the police station not only with his Glock … pistol,
but also with extra magazines, so the officers’ response clearly saved not only
their own lives but the lives of community members,” Beck said.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Beck said the officer owed his life to
his bulletproof vest. Police later determined the officer had not been
wearing the body armor, but his backup handgun — which was in his left front
pants pocket — had been hit by a bullet.
“It is an amazing, an amazing story, that he would be here with us,”
Beck said. “He was struck twice in the shoulder … and he took a round that
would have gone through his femur and maybe his femoral artery … but that
round was stopped by his backup weapon that he had in his pocket.”
Beck displayed the officer’s backup handgun and its holster, both of
which were damaged.
Police served a search warrant at Yealu’s home and seized a large amount
of ammunition, along with rifles and other weapons. A weapon was also found
in his car outside the station, police said.
Police displayed some of the high-powered weapons for the media, and
Beck said some of them would be tough to obtain today.
“It would be rare in the extreme to be allowed to possess any of these
weapons,” he said. “You would have had to buy them some 20-30 years ago.”
According to jail records, Yealu — although hospitalized — was
arrested early today and booked, with bail set at $2 million.
Following the shooting, a police bomb squad searched the area around the
building, including the suspect’s vehicle, but found no explosives.
Daphne Brogdon, an Olympic Park Neighborhood Council member, told the
Los Angeles Times she dove for cover under a lectern with a fellow council
member when the shooting broke out. Brogdon said she counted about 10 shots in
the exchange of gunfire.
Members of the council stayed at the police building after the shooting,
Brogdon said.

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