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LAPD officers wound Fullerton sexual assault suspect outside Hollywood studio

HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles police officers shot at a sexual assault suspect outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood, leading to a 90-minute barricade inside a building on the lot and the arrest early Monday morning of the injured suspect.

The suspect was a man under surveillance in the area by Fullerton police conducting a sexual assault investigation, said Fullerton police Corporal Billy Phu.

The Fullerton officers attempted to arrest the suspect about 10 p.m. Sunday, he produced a knife and officers used a Taser on the suspect, Los Angeles police said.

The Taser did not subdue the suspect, so they called for LAPD officers, who fired 40 mm rubber bullets and beanbags “which were also ineffective,” according to the police statement.

The officers then turned their guns at the suspect at the Melrose gate to the Paramount lot, and the suspect ran into the lot and barricaded himself inside a building, police said.

The suspect was taken into custody about 12:15 a.m., said Officer D. Orris of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Center.

Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect to surrender but they wound up entering the building and taking him into custody, according to the police statement.

The suspect was bleeding from wounds suffered during the incident and transported to a hospital for treatment, police said. They did not specify whether the suspect was wounded by non-lethal rounds or bullets fired by officers. No officers were injured.

The shooting was reported around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, according to LAPD Operations Officer A. Delatorre.

LAPD warned on Twitter that there was heavy police activity in the vicinity of the 5500 block of Melrose. Officials urged people who live in the area to stay indoors and people who didn’t live in the area to stay away.

NBC4 reported the studio was evacuated and locked down as officers looked from the air and ground to confirm whether the suspect was barricaded inside a building near the iconic water tower.

There were not very many people at the studio since it was Sunday night, said Orris.

Source: Orange County Register

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