Los Angeles

Kidnap Suspect, Possibly Struck by Police Gunfire, Sought

A man suspected of kidnapping a woman in the Westlake area of Los Angeles was being sought after officers opened fire while trying to rescue the victim early Sunday morning, police said.

Police officers responded to a call of a woman screaming in the 1300 block of Ingraham Street about 3:35 a.m. where they found a man and a woman in the rear of a dark-colored SUV, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"The officers believed that the woman in the vehicle was being attacked and attempted to enter the vehicle, but the door was locked," LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman told City News Service. "The officers broke the window and attempted to free the victim -- at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred."

The suspect drove off with the woman inside the vehicle. She managed to escape the vehicle and was later found at James Wood Boulevard and Columbia Avenue.

The woman was not struck by gunfire but was transported to a hospital because she may have suffered injuries from the initial confrontation with the suspect, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the LAPD. She was listed in stable condition.

The suspect remains outstanding and was only described as a man in his 20s or 30s, LAPD said. It is unknown if he was struck by gunfire.

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