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Two LAPD Officers Shot in Florence Believe They Were Targeted

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck comments on the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of  Los Angeles, at a news conference at police headquarters, Monday, March 2, 2015. Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had hold of his gun before three other officers opened fire, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck comments on the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of Los Angeles, at a news conference at police headquarters, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

 

(Los Angeles Times) – Two plainclothes Los Angeles police officers were shot at Sunday evening while driving through a South L.A. neighborhood, prompting an exchange of gunfire that caused several suspects to scatter, authorities said.

The officers were fired upon near 65th Street and Broadway in the Florence neighborhood just before 5:45 p.m., Det. Meghan Aguilar said. The officers then returned fire.

Aguilar said the officers, assigned to the 77th Street Division narcotics section, were driving in an unmarked police car. She said there was no indication they were caught in crossfire between rival groups but rather believed the shots were meant for them.

“Of course, because it’s an active scene, that’s our preliminary investigation,” she said. “There’s going to be several thorough interviews of the officers. But right now they believe they were the target.”

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