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Second Man Wanted in LAPD Patrol Car Shooting Captured in Vegas

Authorities on Wednesday captured a second person wanted in connection with a shooting at an LAPD patrol car in South Los Angeles over the weekend, officials said.

James Brooks, 19, was taken into custody in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon and will be extradited to LA by the Fugitive Task Force, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

Los Angeles police officers were driving about 9:30 p.m. Sunday near 62nd and Hoover streets when two people fired at their squad car, police said. The officers fired back, but the two people fled. No one was hurt.

Authorities found a rifle, a pistol and multiple shell casings, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. Police also arrested 18-year-old Christopher Taylor in connection with the shooting.

LA County prosecutors on Tuesday alleged Taylor and another person opened fire on rival gang members in a car, which sped away just as an LAPD patrol car drove through the area.

Authorities said Brooks and Taylor belong to the same gang. Brooks was arrested based on a joint investigation by the FBI in LA and Vegas and LAPD, Eimiller said.

Taylor is set to be arraigned in January on two counts each of shooting at an occupied vehicle and assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm, and one count of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, according to the DA's Office.

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