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LAPD Officer Shot in Hawthorne Gunfight

A murder suspect who fled the scene where an arrest warrant was being served led police officers to Hawthorne, where he was involved in an officer shooting. The suspect is in critical condition; the police officer involved is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect, only identified as "Mr. Knox," drove away in a blue car when detectives with the South Bureau's Criminal Gang Homicide Unit identified four suspects and served arrest warrants near 117th Street and Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles. SWAT officers were involved in serving the arrest warrants. LAPD gave chase after Knox into Hawthorne, where Hawthorne LAPD officers assisted.

Knox pulled over on Aviation, and emerged from the car brandishing a handgun. He fired, triggering a return wave of gunfire from police. A local man who heard the gunshots thought it was a terrorist attack. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who responded to the scene, said Knox had a Beretta 92F. He is currently in serious condition and undergoing surgery. 

The injured officer, who was wearing body armor at the time of the attack, was shot in the hip. He has worked for the LAPD for over twenty years, and is a memebr of LAPD's Metropolitan Division. At the time, he was assisting the department's Special Investigations Section in a stakeout of a homicide suspect.

The subsequent investigation shut down Aviation from Rosecrans Avenue to El Segundo Boulevard. Knox was wanted in connection with a gang-related homicide that occurred earlier this year in South Los Angeles. The LAPD went on a citywide tactical alert after the shooting, which allows officers to be kept on duty longer than their usual shifts. 

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