New surveillance video of a man believed to have shot two LAPD detectives at the Wilshire Community Police Station was released Wednesday in the hopes the public can help police identify the gunman. Kathy Vara reports from Downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 26, 2013.
Authorities released new video Wednesday showing an at-large shooter believed to have ambushed two detectives at a Los Angeles Police Department station earlier this week.
Clad in dark-colored clothes, a man is seen on the video (embedded below) quickly walking past cameras set up near the Wilshire Community Police Station about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“We consider this individual to be an extreme danger to the community,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Beck asked the public to help authorities find the gunman described as a black male with a medium build, mustache and goatee. Police believe a dark object seen in his right hand is a revolver.
The images were captured by a surveillance camera set up across the street from the police station, where a pair of detectives was attacked from behind while returning to the station from an investigation in the San Fernando Valley.
The detectives exchanged fire with the shooter, but the gunman escaped, prompting the hours-long shutdown of the Mid-City area.
Businesses in the 25-square blocks around the Wilshire Community Police Station were closed and residents were ordered to shelter in place while police combed the neighborhood.
The early morning shooting in Mid-City Tuesday was the second attack on police officers in Los Angeles in a 15-hour span.
During a home probation check, an LAPD officer was shot in the face about 7 p.m. in the 2200 block of East 117th Street. The shooter was hiding in the attic while Los Angeles County probation and LAPD gang unit officers swept through the home.
A 12-hour standoff between the shooter and police ended early Wednesday in the gunman’s death.
The officer who was shot in the jaw was in stable condition Wednesday, Beck said. A county probation officer suffered a graze wound to his leg and was treated at the scene, according to the LAPD.
Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call 1-800-222-8477 or 1-877-LAPD-247.