Man shot dead by police in US
A police officer has been shot dead outside of a hotel in California, authorities said, amid an escalating nationwide crackdown on violent gangs.
The shooting occurred at the Acapulcos Restaurant in Los Angeles on Friday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The officer was not immediately identified.
The restaurant was the site of a fatal shooting in March that killed a local rapper, according the Los Angles County District Attorney’s office.
Police have been in high demand in recent years, particularly for arrests of members of the Los Los Angeles Gangster Disciples (LAD), a notorious gang that’s blamed for many of the city’s gang-related deaths.
Authorities have made at least 22 arrests for crimes linked to the LAD in the past year, and more than $10 million has been spent on the effort, according a police department report.
The crackdown has been particularly intense in recent months after a man was killed by police on March 5 after a fight inside the hotel, prompting a federal lawsuit by the man’s family.
The LAPD said on Saturday that officers were responding to a report of a shooting at the hotel at 4:15 p.m. when they encountered an armed suspect and opened fire on him.
The suspect, a 22-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
A second man was later found shot in the chest at the same location, police spokesman Joe Margolin said.
Authorities also arrested another man at the location and charged him with attempted murder, Margolin added.
Authorities did not identify the officer involved in Friday’s shooting.
A witness to Friday’s attack told The Associated Press that officers fired into the hotel because of an argument inside the restaurant.
“I heard two gunshots.
Then they started firing,” said John Smith, who was visiting the restaurant with his family.
You see cops come in, shoot them. “
It was really weird.
You see cops come in, shoot them.
You don’t think that’s what you’re supposed to do.”
The LAD is considered one of the most violent gangs in the United States, but has been fighting to control a number of parts of Los Angeles, including Los Angeles County.
The gang has reportedly killed more than 50 people in recent decades.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is currently conducting a manhunt for the shooter.
The investigation into Friday’s incident is ongoing.