Officer Shot in Gun Battle May Have Suffered Career-Ending Wound

An officer wounded in an early-morning gunbattle that left the man dead will likely walk again, a doctor said.

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    A Los Angeles police officer shot in the leg in a gun battle that left one of two suspected gunmen dead may have suffered a career-ending wound, his surgeon said Monday.

    The 22-year veteran has been a member of the department's elite METRO unit -- or SWAT -- team for 15 years, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith, a department spokesman. He is married and has three kids.

    The officer will be able to walk again, but he may not be able to run, said Dr. Gary Chen, the director of orthopedic surgery at California Hospital.

    "He's awake and alert. His family is with him, other officers are with him. He's doing well," said Dr. Bryan Hubbard outside California Hospital.

    Officer Wounded in Gun Battle Expected to Survive

    [LA] Officer Wounded in Gun Battle Expected to Survive
    The LAPD officer wounded in a violent end to a pursuit in South LA early Monday morning is expected to survive, but not without life-changing consequences. Meanwhile, investigators are trying to piece together why two suspects fired at officers multiple times with an assault rifle. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014.

    The incident began when officers attempted to stop a wreckless driver at 2:20 a.m. near Manchester Boulevard and the Harbor (110) Freeway.

    A 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe carrying two people continued and a pursuit ensued.

    Police said while entering the onramp of Vernon Avenue one officer exchanged fire with at least one man in the SUV. No one was hit.

    The pursuit continued on the 110 Freeway until the Tahoe got off on surface streets. The Tahoe crashed near 37th and Hill and another shooting occurred.

    Investigation Continues After Wild Shootout, Pursuit in South LA

    [LA] Investigation Continues After Wild Shootout, Pursuit in South LA
    Investigators continue to collect evidence after a spate of shootings between two pursuit suspects and LAPD officers earlt Monday in South LA. One officer was injured in a shooting and one suspect was killed by police.

    Both the driver and passenger allegedly exchanged fire with three officers, police said.

    Both men fled the area and officers found one suspected gunman hiding inside a dumpster. After repeated demands for him to come out, officers used a flash-bang grenade to draw him out. That man was identified as 18-year-old Avel Jowen Turks of Corona.

    A perimeter was set up in the area to find the second suspected gunman. Officers eventually found the second suspect and another shooting occurred near 37th Street and Grand Avenue.

    Police said the suspect opened fire with a rifle and one officer was shot in the leg.

    Veteran SWAT Officer Injured in South LA Shootout

    [LA] Veteran SWAT Officer Injured in South LA Shootout
    A 22-year-veteran of the LAPD was injured Monday morning during a shootout with a suspected gunman following a pursuit in South LA. Ted Chen reports live for the NBC4 News at Noon on Monday, August 18, 2014.

    The suspect was fatally shot by police. He was identified as 37-year old Andre Maurice Jones, of Los Angeles. Both the suspect and officer were taken to a hospital.

    "It sounded like a war over here," said South LA resident Frank Lishey. "It was scary."

    Suspect Killed, LAPD Veteran Shot After Pursuit, Officer-Involved Shootings

    [LA] Suspect Killed, LAPD Veteran Shot After Pursuit, Officer-Involved Shootings
    An LAPD veteran underwent surgery and one of two alleged gunmen were killed following a pursuit and string of officer-involved shootings in South LA Monday morning. Toni Guinyard reports live for Today in LA on Monday, August 18, 2014.

    Investigators were searching for a possible second weapon used by the suspect who was taken into custody.

    Traffic was backed up on the 110 Freeway for hours as investigators collected evidence from the shootings.

    NBC4's Gordon Tokumatsu and Oleevia Woo contributed to this report.

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