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Gunman Shoots Arcadia Officer In The Face, Wounds 2 Civilians

Arcadia, CA – A gunman shot an Arcadia police officer in the face and wounded two civilians on Wednesday night, leading to a nearly five-hour standoff.

The incident began at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 10, when the Arcadia Police Department (APD) received a report of a disturbance between family members in the 5200-block of Greenfield Avenue, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The caller said that one of the individuals involved in the disturbance was armed with a gun, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) Deputy Miguel Meza said.

When police arrived at the scene, a suspect described as a man in his 40s opened fire on them, hitting one officer in the face, KTTV reported.

Police said the suspect also shot his own brother during the ordeal, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A woman who was not related to the gunman was also wounded by shrapnel.

APD Lieutenant Brett Bourgeous said during a news conference on Wednesday night that the officers did not return fire, KABC reported.

The wounded victims were all rushed to the hospital.

Meanwhile, area law enforcement agencies responded to the scene to evacuate nearby residences as the standoff between the gunman and police ensued.

A helicopter circled the home from above while dozens of patrol vehicles and at least two SWAT trucks were positioned in the residential streets near the standoff, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The LACSD’s Special Enforcement Bureau and SWAT also responded to help negotiate the suspect’s surrender, according to KABC.

The gunman ultimately gave up and was taken into custody at approximately 10:45 p.m.

His identity was not immediately released.

The officer who was shot in the face was listed in stable condition on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Times reported.

He was undergoing surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital to repair damage to his jaw area, sources told the news outlet.

The wounded hero has been with the APD for approximately six months, KABC reported.

The other two wounded victims were also listed in stable condition.

The victims’ identities were not immediately released.

Police said a second officer suffered an ankle injury during the incident and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, KABC reported.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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