A suspect was shot after a highway patrol officer shot him in Los Angeles | California News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities were searching for a suspect Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer was shot while driving in East Los Angeles, officials said.

A second suspect was shot and injured when the officer and sheriff’s deputies returned fire shortly after 9 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The two men began shooting at the highway patrol car as the officer drove through an intersection, Sheriff’s Lt. Patricia Thomas told reporters.

The officer jumped out of his car, returned fire and called for reinforcements. Nearby sheriff’s deputies heard the shots and responded to help, Thomas said.

“Once they arrived at the scene, they also took shots and fired back at two male suspects,” she said.

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A suspect was beaten and hospitalized in an unknown condition. A weapon was recovered, sheriff’s officials said. A search was underway for the other man, who fled the scene, officials said.

No law enforcement officer was injured. Television news video from the scene showed a highway patrol car with its rear window shattered.

The incident happened near the interchange of State Route 60 and Interstate 710, about 12 km east of downtown Los Angeles.

Surface streets and some freeway on- and off-ramps have been closed during the investigation, Highway Patrol said.

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