Cop Shot in Watts While Responding to Call

Seven hour standoff ends with suspect in custody.

A suspect is in custody and his family being questioned after he allegedly fired multiple shots at LAPD officers early Friday morning.

LAPD Sgt. Ruby Malechi says the suspect barricaded himself in the home for nearly seven hours after making threats to kill his family.  At about two o'clock in the morning, those family members ran out of the house and had a neighbor call police.

Three uniformed LAPD officers arrived to the home near 109th Street and Croesus Avenue and were greeted with gunfire.  One officer was shot twice - once in the right forearm and once in the chest.  The officers returned fire, missing the suspect and retreated into the front yard of the home.

As back-up arrived, the wounded officer was taken to the hospital, paramedics crediting his bullet-resistant vest for saving his life.  LAPD Chief William Bratton spent the morning with the wounded, 4-year verteran in the hospital.  The officer underwent surgery at Ronald Regan UCLA Medica Center and is expected to make a full recovery.

As for the suspect, police have yet to release his name but say he will likely face charges of attempted murder of a police officer.

Family members who exited the home continue to be questioned about what happened inside to precipitate the event.  Police say they are being cooperative.

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