Accused Gunman Wounded in LAPD Station Shooting Dies

Daniel Christopher Yealu, 29, was charged with attempted murder in the April 7 shooting at the LAPD's West Traffic Division

By Jonathan Lloyd, Rosa Ordaz and Tena Ezzeddine
|  Thursday, Apr 24, 2014  |  Updated 11:39 AM PDT
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A man charged with attempted murder after a shooting earlier this month in the lobby of a Los Angeles Police Department station has died, according to police.

Daniel Christopher Yealu, 29, of Los Angeles, walked into the station April 7 and spoke with an officer before pulling out a semi-automatic pistol and firing, police said. Police returned fire, seriously wounding the gunman, who was hospitalized.

He died Thursday morning, LAPD officials confirmed. The coroner's office has not determined a cause of death.

A veteran officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the shooting, which occurred during a community meeting in a room at the LAPD's West Traffic Division at 4861 Venice Blvd. The officer was not wearing a protective vest at the time of the shooting, and police said a pistol in the officer's pants pocket likely stopped what could have been a fatal round.

Investigators found the subject's vehicle with another weapon inside at a nearby parking lot. Police later found several high-powered weapons at his home, including an AR-15 rifle and semiautomatic Sig Sauer handgun, according to investigators.

The building's doors are usually locked at night, but were left open for the community meeting.

No other injuries were reported.

Yealu was charged with two counts of attempted murder.
 

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