Suspect Killed After Standoff with Police, Officer Wounded

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles police killed a man who shot and wounded an officer today about a mile north of USC after an hours-long barricade standoff.

Los Angeles Police Department officers, including a SWAT team, responded about 12:15 p.m. to the 1000 block of West 21st Street, near Toberman Street, after reports of a man firing a rifle into the air in the backyard of a residence, according to Chief Michel Moore.

Officers responding to the scene spoke with the man's family members before evacuating them from the area and surrounding the residence.

Officers and family members attempted to persuade the man inside the residence to surrender, but he refused. Police then deployed tear gas into the residence in an attempt to force him to surrender, Moore said.

The suspect opened fire on police about 4:45 p.m., striking a SWAT officer, who was able to walk to an awaiting ambulance to be taken to a hospital, NBC4 reported.

The officer was shot once in the chest -- though the bullet was stopped by his vest -- and once in the face, according to Moore.

Police returned fire and the suspect was shot, Moore said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, CBS2 reported.

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