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LAPD Officer Wounded After Gun Battle

An investigation is underway after a Los Angeles police officer was wounded during a gun battle that left a suspect dead at a housing project in Watts, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A handgun was recovered at the area by detectives. The suspect’s name has not been released, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The police officer was taken to a nearby hospital and released early Tuesday morning.

LAPD spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman said the incident ensued when the officers saw a group of people running away and one of the suspects produced a gun as police chased them.

“Shots were exchanged between the suspect and officer,” Eisenmen said.

The suspect’s mom, Lisa Simpson, was running across the street when he was shot and killed by the police.

“The police killed my son. He was running across the street and they killed my son. They killed my son,” Simpson told reporters.

Police Chief Charlie Beck says based on a preliminary hearing, the gunman fired at least 10 rounds. The shooting came after Beck announced that he was taking extra precaution to better protect police officers last week.

After the Dallas and Baton Rouge police shootings, the Los Angeles Police Department deployed more police helicopters to quickly fly and provide information to officers on the ground. Their entire Metropolitan Division, which consists of 500 officers, were pulled off crime suspension detail to protect officers responding to 911 emergency calls.