BREAKING: Shooting Inside LA PD

 (courtesy losangeles.cbslocal.com)

“A desk officer was shot at four times Monday night after a man opened fire in the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division in Mid-City,” losangeles.cbslocal.com reports. “The suspect walked in the lobby of the building, located in the 4800 block of Venice Boulevard, around 8 p.m. and started shooting, Sky9′s Kevin Takumi reported. An officer returned fire and the man was struck. The desk officer, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with minor injuries, reportedly to his shoulder. The suspect was described to be in critical condition.”

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  1. avatar Kyle says:

    And that ladies and gentlemen is why you always wear a vest even while on desk duty.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      We had a rule at my agency. Get caught in uniform without a vest, automatic days off without pay.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        Sounds like depending on who caught you the time off could be substantially longer – and more painful.

  2. avatar Accur81 says:

    Godspeed to the recovering officer. The cynical part of me wonders if the suspect will recover and shoot up at “gun free zone” next time.

    1. avatar Kris says:

      What an odd and stupid comment to make…. i’d wonder the same thing except i’m not inbred trash

      1. avatar AlleyF says:

        o.0

      2. avatar Matt in TX says:

        troll

      3. avatar ThomasR says:

        I agree Kris, you did make an “odd and stupid comment”. This site is called The Truth About Guns for a reason; His “cynical observation” is a valid one.

        The fact that this attempted mass murderer didn’t choose a GFZ is what is amazing; which is also why there were no severe injuries except to the attempted mass murderer.

        1. avatar styrgwillidar says:

          I think if he was an intended mass murderer he would have gone for a gun free zone vice walking into a police station. Could have been a suicide by cop attempt…

      4. avatar Karina says:

        What are you then, Kris? Educated material? Your comment was even more useless than you thought Accur81’s was; which, ironically, it wasn’t that stupid of an assumption to make. I kindly suggest the person accusing others of being inbred trash should keep his or her mouth shut. Forever.

    2. avatar Randall Meadows says:

      I can’t help but think that this was a “suicide-by-cop” attempt gone wrong.

      1. avatar Rick says:

        That must be an awful feeling, knowing you can’t even get “suicide by cop” right…

  3. avatar Larry says:

    Dang. I’m out here in LA for work. I thought carry permits were tough to get here in LA county…oh wait, another criminal using a firearm to commit a crime without any regard for the law.

  4. avatar Paul G. says:

    Perps don’t need no stinkin’ permits!

    1. avatar Darren says:

      He likely had the thug exemption

  5. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    Good thing police departments aren’t like military bases.

  6. avatar Scott says:

    Did anyone watch CSI last week? Eerily similar story. Weird.

    1. avatar CalAnon says:

      Another show had this, too. Southland. In LA, no less.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcGho-B_gTY

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        Pretty much every tv cop drama has had it happen at least once. As well as most hospital shows. It’s not so much eerie as predictable.

        1. avatar Scott says:

          Well, considering I had DVRd it and just watched it last night, it was weird….

  7. avatar blackspike2710 says:

    We really should make attempted murder illegal already.

    1. avatar JPD says:

      I AGREE! There should be a law against such behavior. Shocking! Just shocking! (snarc)

      1. avatar BDub says:

        Actually, I think the solution here is to ban Police Stations.

        1. avatar The average American says:

          This would have never happened if police stations were gun free zones.

  8. avatar CArd says:

    Strange. A would-be mass shooting in a place full of armed “victims”. What happened there? Oh yeah, idiot got shot, imagine that.

  9. avatar Allen says:

    This stunt only works if you’re a terminator.

  10. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    “Yeah, well being a cop is a tough job Jack”
    Eddie Murphy. 48 Hours.

    1. avatar Maineuh says:

      Classic.

  11. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    Suicide by cop.

    1. avatar CTsheepdog says:

      Uh, based on the reports, FAILED suicide by cop.

  12. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I’m only curious about the motive. Suicide by cop attempt, or fed up over some issue real or imagined, or just plumb crazy…

    1. avatar jwm says:

      A 1 man assualt on the cop shop? I’m gonna go with suicidely crazy and a side dish of stupid.

      1. avatar Patrick Hayes says:

        Exactly!

  13. avatar Bigred2989 says:

    Shooting in a police department: Over in seconds, no innocent lives lost (hopefully)

    Shooting on a military base: Over in 15 minutes, many injured, too many unnecessary deaths.

    1. avatar Greg says:

      Wow, so eloquent in stating what so many politicians and military higher ups can’t figure out.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        I believe the politicians and military brass have figured this out completely, what they haven’t figured out is how to spin it in a way that does not give people more of their Constitutionally protected freedoms and diminish the elites’ monopoly on power.

  14. avatar former water walker says:

    Aw man you took my Terminator joke…I’ll be back. But seriously what a stark contrast between this & Fort Hood. Very sad & f#!#!d up.

  15. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Totally off topic here, but “Turn”, the story of Washington’s spies is on cable.

    1. avatar soccerdad1150 says:

      watched the first episode. Looked pretty good.

  16. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Sounds like “suicide by cop” to me.

  17. avatar Rick says:

    “I’ll be back.”

  18. avatar Hannibal says:

    That desk officer best thank dupont…

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Dupont… That’s the company that makes gunpowder, right?

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        Dupont, if you dig deep enough, makes damn near everything.

        In this case he’s referring to them owning the Kevlar brand.

        1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          Ironic, isn’t it?

        2. avatar peirsonb says:

          Yup. Bullets and band-aids.

  19. avatar Mark N. says:

    The story I read before dropping in here said he was shot seven times–three in the vest, four in his extremities.

  20. avatar Noishkel says:

    Not to marginalize the police officers here but I’m pretty sure this might kick over another hornets nest for the people of CA and the their tenuous grasp on their rights…

    1. avatar Dev says:

      I think you’re right.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        So you guys are thinking false flag?

  21. avatar ST says:

    In before “he was just getting his life together” speech by the perps family.

  22. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured officer.

    Now the cynic in me has to point out we just lost one of our arguments…… Shootings occurring in gun-free zones and not police stations or gun ranges.

    We didn’t completely loose this one, but every low-information mouth-breather out there is going gasp and clutch their pearls and oversimplify by pointing out that there was a shooting at a police station.

    1. avatar Paul G. says:

      But the outcome proves the worth of a well-armed populace. How many fatalities were there again?

    2. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

      Shootings can happen anywhere. A criminal will generally have the element of surprise on their side.

      MASS shootings rarely/never happen in non gun-free zones.

      1. avatar ThomasR says:

        Except for the coward that shot Giffords and the other people in Arizona and this attempted one; all other mass shootings have been in a GFZ.

    3. avatar rlc2 says:

      You are missing the point- there WAS a lunatic, with a weapon.
      Remember, attempting to regulate weapons has no effect on lunatics.

      What is different here, vs theaters, schools, and other gun-free zones,
      where citizens are not allowed to be armed, to defend themselves,

      is there was someone ARMED in this gun-free-zone to defend themselves.

      or put it this way-

      GUN FREE ZONE PROTECTED MEANS BAD PEOPLE DIE.
      (well, stopped anyway- kudos and RESPECT to the cop, for taking seven shots, reputedly and still stopping the bad guy)

      GUN FREE ZONE UNPROTECTED MEANS GOOD PEOPLE DIE.

      Lets go just a bit further…IN CALIFORNIA THAT MEANS EVERYWHERE,
      pretty much, whether thats a school, a park, a mall, the beach, on your street outside your home,

      GOOD PEOPLE ARE UN-PROTECTED because the average citizen can not get a CCW, and open carry banned by CA STATE LEGISLATURE including THE SECOND MOST INFLUENTIAL DEMOCRAT recently indicted for GUN SMUGGLING.

      AND, since you simply cant post a cop on every street corner, it means
      BAD GUYS ARE ARMED, but
      GOOD PEOPLE ARE DISARMED AND GET KILLED.

  23. avatar Delbert Grady says:

    Drunken female africian americian cop shoots herself in leg after night of partying. Returned to full duty.

    http://www.wbtw.com/story/25185351/horry-county-police-officer-back-on-duty-after-accidentally-shooting-herself-in-leg

    1. avatar jwm says:

      “Africian Americian.” How much have you had to drink tonight?

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Last year’s news.

  24. avatar Matt in Maine says:

    I hope the officer recovers quickly. Now just think if officers couldn’t carry at the office, like other gun free zones, how many victims would we be looking at in this situation. It’s very plausible that a good guy with a gun stopped what could have developed I to a much greater tragedy.

  25. avatar fuque says:

    This could qualify for the lockdown of the day if cops were to play the victim card.

  26. avatar Tile floor says:

    I’m not so sure this was a suicide by cop attempt. I don’t have any empirical evidence to back this up, but generally most of the ones I’ve seen or heard of in the area I live, the subject usually creates a situation where he draws a large amount of police attention to himself, maybe fires off a round or two in no particular direction , or points his firearm at the dozen or so cops with their weapons already drawn and gets shot.

    This seemed like more of an attempt to bring harm to others than himself, but like I said it’s just a gut feeling

  27. avatar Shire-man says:

    I’m surprised a LA office would be so vulnerable. Even here in podunk towns of a thousand people or less the cops sit behind layers of bullet-proof glass in little isolation cubes you have to be buzzed through three doors to get at and even then you’ve just gotten close enough that the layers of bullet-proof glass have a tiny speaker hole and a little slot to slide any paperwork. And that’s the public desk. Even through a pistol permit here is cheap and a given it’s still like double keying and retinal scanning into NORAD command to go pick it up.

    Can a 60 year old police station down a mud road in nowhere NH be more secure than an LAPD building?

    1. avatar 16V says:

      Can a 60 year old police station down a mud road in nowhere NH be more secure than an LAPD building?

      Very much so, for the exact reasons illustrated in your question. They know there’s only one or two of them at the station as a general rule, they don’t have literally hundreds of cops, lawyers, admins coming and going every hour, and they likely aren’t quite as psychotic as LAPD.

      In any big Muni, throw on a uniform that will appear familiar and you can stroll in an out of most areas of the house without any questions.

  28. avatar Rambeast says:

    Is Ahnold reliving past glory?

  29. avatar Pascal says:

    Maybe it was gang related — and I wish I was joking about that statement, but check out this recent story:
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/la-sheriff-candidate-asked-about-gang-tattoo-debate-n74096

    There are plenty of gangs within LA PD and Sheriff Dept.

  30. avatar Highvoltage says:

    Not that uncommon..happened at the 9th precinct in Detroit years ago…guy walked in with a basketball in his hand, and an AK concealed under a jacket…he dropped the ball and opened fire. Officers circled out the back of the station and engaged and dropped the shooter.

    More recently, this happened at the 6th precinct:
    http://youtu.be/TI38xTCoiAI

    The officer made a great move by tossing the trash can as a distraction. Fortunately all the good guys lived.

  31. avatar Ralph says:

    Chris Dorner has more lives than Freddy and Jason.

  32. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    So, someone there was armed and immediately engaged the attacker with force, ending the threat…

    Weird.

  33. avatar Dennis says:

    According to the LA Times website “Though initial reports indicated the injured officer was wearing a ballistic vest when he was hit, LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh said Tuesday that was not the case. Beck later said a mushroomed bullet led police to believe a vest had stopped one of the rounds.

    Instead, Beck said, the bullet hit a backup pistol in the officer’s left pocket.

    It was “truly a miracle,” the chief said. “Having that backup gun saved his life.” ”
    (Just not in any way he likely ever imagined.)

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