Suspect in custody after LA shootout

Sept. 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Police shot and wounded a homicide suspect armed with an AK-47 during a shootout in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Ian Remy Schlesinger, 24, was subdued by a police dog after a high-speed chase that began near Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Street in Echo Park about 6 p.m. PDT Tuesday, KABC-TV, Los Angeles, reported.

Schlesinger drove through red lights, cut through gas stations, struck at least one car and nearly hit pedestrians in a crosswalk, but there were no reports of injuries to civilians or police, the TV station said.

Schlesinger, a suspect in a homicide and a series of armed robberies, was driving a car he had stolen at gunpoint, police said. The car was hit at the intersection of Bixel and Eighth streets, where Schlesinger stumbled out of the vehicle holding the assault rifle and fired several shots at police before he was taken down by gunfire and subdued by the dog.

Schlesinger was hospitalized for treatment of gunshot wounds to his lower extremities and his head, authorities said.

No police officers were injured in the incident, officials said.

Los Angeles police shot and killed Schlesinger's brother, Jack Schlesinger, a parolee, in September 2010 after he allegedly brandished an assault rifle during a traffic stop, the Los Angeles Times said.

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