Carjacking suspect shot by police in Whittier

SOUTH WHITTIER — Police shot and wounded a carjacking suspect early Sunday at an apartment complex in unincorporated South Whittier, officials said.
The officer-involved shooting took place at 1:07 a.m. in the 14100 block of Mulberry Drive, according to Deputy Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
Prior to the shooting, police had been seeking two men involved in a carjacking that had occurred earlier in Whittier, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter detected a Lo-Jack signal being broadcast by the stolen car, and directed officers to it, officials said. The vehicle had been abandoned.
“During a search of the area, Whittier police officers located one of the suspects, who was armed with a handgun, in an apartment complex at the 14100 block of Mulberry Drive, (unincorporated) Whittier, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.
“The suspect was wounded in the left arm and transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition,” the sheriff’s department statement said. No officers were injured during the incident.
Officials withheld the identity of the wounded suspect Sunday afternoon. The second alleged carjacker remained at-large.
The carjacking was reported at 12:37 a.m., and the stolen Honda Accord was spotted via Lo-Jack almost immediately, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
Further details regarding details regarding the shooting or the alleged carjacking that preceded it were not available.
As is common practice in officer-involved shootings by Los Angeles County police agencies, the investigation is being spearheaded by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

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