Los Angeles, CA — A manhunt is on for multiple gunmen after two LAPD officers sustained injuries during a shooting Sunday afternoon.
The shooting happened in the same intersection where Ezell Ford was shot in the back by LAPD officers after being wrongfully stopped.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the two unnamed officers were driving at 65th Street and Broadway when several men opened fire. The officers returned fire.
Late Sunday night it was revealed that the two officers were undercover at the time of the shooting. The officers were dressed in plain clothes and in an unmarked vehicle.
Initial reports claim that both officers sustained minor injuries. Authorities believe the officers were “targeted” but have not said the shooting was a possible retaliation for the death of Ford, according to the Times.
25-year-old Ezell Ford was shot and killed by police on the night of August 11th in South Los Angeles. Ford was stopped by police around 8:20 p.m, because there was a shooting in the area and Ford just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had committed no crime.
According to a statement made by the Police Department, during the course of the stop “a struggle ensued” and police opened fire. Ford was badly injured, and was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
Ford’s family claimed he was laying on the ground and complying with officers when they killed him, a claim that could possibly be substantiated through an autopsy.
However, shortly after the killing, the LAPD placed an “investigative hold” on the report detailing Ezell Ford’s cause of death in order to “preserve the integrity of witness testimony.”
The Autopsy report was held back for months as the LAPD received heavy backlash from those demanding justice for Ezell Ford.
After the two officers were shot, dozens of SWAT officers, Armored vehicles, and K-9 units descended on the neighborhood. The police detained multiple people and advised anyone who saw anything suspicious to call 9-1-1.
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