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CHP Officer Critically Injured; Suspect Arrested After Lengthy Manhunt

Pejhmaun Iraj Khrosroabadi, picture provided by California Highway PatrolPhoto: California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol has captured the suspect who they believe shot and critically injured a CHP officer in Studio City.

33-year-old Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi was taken into custody Tuesday morning after a lengthy manhunt in the San Fernando Valley.
The manhunt for Khosroabadi began close to 8 PM on Monday evening after he was pulled over for a normal traffic stop in Studio City. According to witnesses that talked to ABC 7, it seemed as if the suspect refused to pull over. He ended up pulling over in a parking lot, got out of his car, and an altercation with officers ensued. After that, he pulled out a handgun and opened several rounds on the officers. He struck an officer multiple times before he fled the scene.

The CHP officer that was struck was rushed to the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center Trauma Center and is in critical condition.

Following the shooting, police were able to identify the suspect and a large presence of officers surrounded the Van Nuys apartment complex where he lived. Authorities believed Khosroabadi was barricaded in the apartment.

The manhunt lasted throughout the night. Authorities then came to the conclusion that the suspect was not in his apartment, but was believed to still be in the area.

On Tuesday morning, a K9 with the CHP got a scent of the suspect and tracked him down to a homeless encampment approximately 3 blocks away from the apartment. As the K9 and officers approached the homeless encampment they spotted the suspect hiding in a tent. He was taken into custody with no issue and was taken to Valley Presbyterian Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The 33-year-old was wanted for the attempted murder of a peace officer.

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