A homicide suspect who opened fire at Los Angeles police during a running gun battle in El Segundo on Thursday recorded at least part of the clash on a cell phone while officers were chasing him, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Injury and Terror
The shooting left the officer and the suspect injured and terrorized the neighborhood, which was described by the residents as bursting.
The suspect was caught on cameras, shooting at the phone before him, according to a source whose identity was not revealed as he is not authorized to offer information.
“They coming at me,” the man said on the video, according to the source. “I’m gonna die today.”
KABC-TV showed a clip of what was said recorded as Facebook Live. A separate photo shows the man pointing his weapon at the camera.
Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said investigators were “looking at various pieces of video evidence” as part of their investigation into the shooting. He declined to offer more details.
Initially, officers were investigating a March 31 shooting and they were serving one of four warrants, Beck said.
One of the officers saw one of the homicide suspects driving a blue car. The homicide took his car away while the police were chasing them.
Beck said several officers took part in the gun battle, including some from Hawthorne who had joined the car pursue. Policemen were investigating three separate scenes where the shooting took place.
One resident, Jeff Parisse, 55, who went his balcony when he first heard the helicopters, found two bullets hit his wall
“I have a dangerous hobby,” he said. “It didn’t bother me.”
His neighbour, Katty Wu, who was at home with her two kids, did not hear the sound of the shooting but was more shocked.
“He could have been killed.” she said.
“We are thankful that our officer is expected to make a speedy recovery,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a statement. “Every day, Los Angeles police officers risk their lives to keep our community safe.”