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Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves Murder Suspect Dead, FBI Agent Wounded

An officer-involved shooting in South Los Angeles Tuesday left a murder suspect dead and an FBI agent wounded, authorities said.

The shooting was reported about 11 a.m. in the parking lot of a motel near 41st Street and Central Avenue, said Detective Meghan Aguilar of the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD officers and an FBI agent assigned to a gang and drug task force were at the Central Inn investigating a July 31 fatal shooting when they came upon the suspect, who was armed, Aguilar said.

LAPD officers fired their handguns, but it was unclear if the suspect fired any shots, she said.

"In that officer-involved shooting, the FBI agent was struck by gunfire, and he was transported to a local hospital," Aguilar said. "We do believe that these are non-life-threatening wounds that he suffered."

The suspect, who was reportedly 70 years old, died at the scene. His name was not immediately released. He had been sought in connection with a shooting that occurred about 3:50 p.m. July 31 near 41st Place and Long Beach Avenue.

Jason Ruelas, 43, died at the scene, and a man in his 50s was hospitalized.

"The suspect was involved in a dispute with some family members, and during that dispute, he shot two of them, and one of them died ...," Aguilar alleged.

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