A suspect earlier described as “armed and dangerous” is in custody on Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer was shot and seriously injured in Studio City the night before.
Authorities initially thought they barricaded the suspected shooter at an apartment complex on Monday night in the 7400 block of Haskell Avenue in Van Nuys, but only found the suspect’s roommate after entering in the unit early Tuesday morning.
The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi, was eventually found at a nearby homeless encampment after a K-9 unit picked up a smell on Tuesday morning and tracked him to the place.
He was taken to Valley Presbyterian Hospital after being taken into custody. It is not known what injuries he may have suffered.
Khosroabadi was wanted for the attempted murder of a peace officer, according to a CHP press release.
The shooting happened hours earlier, around 7:55 p.m., after the officer stopped a white Ford sedan near the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Landale Street in Studio City south of the freeway. 101.
Witnesses saw the vehicles pull into the Campbell Hall School parking lot in what appeared to be a routine traffic stop.
“After about five, maybe 10 minutes, we heard gunshots,” said witness June Honore-Ortiz.
A second witness said there were four or five shots.
Investigators later determined that the suspect exited the vehicle as the officer made contact and a physical altercation occurred.
The suspect then pulled out a gun and fired, hitting the officer multiple times, CHP officer Wes Haver said during an update on the investigation Tuesday morning.
The unidentified officer was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in critical condition.
Officers swarmed the area after the shooting, but the suspect had already fled in the white Ford, which was described as amalgamated with Oregon plates.
The vehicle was later located in Haskell’s apartment complex, which ultimately led to arrest of the suspect.
Anyone with further information is asked to call the CHP Southern Division Investigative Service Unit at 323-644-9550.
Laurel Canyon Boulevard between Moorpark Street and the 101 Freeway was closed for several hours Tuesday morning due to the ongoing investigation.
Authorities said the CHP officer injured in the shooting remains in critical condition but is expected to survive.
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