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Azusa officer hospitalized in critical condition, suspect dead after shootout

An Azusa police officer was severely injured and one suspect was killed in a shootout Wednesday afternoon, authorities confirmed.

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A source with knowledge of the investigation told The Times that the officer was hospitalized in critical condition but is expected to survive, and that a suspect was detained at the shooting scene.

The officer tried to stop a suspected stolen vehicle when at least one person fired, the source said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is handling the investigation, confirmed that a second suspect, identified only as an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting occurred at 3:53 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Gladstone Street, deputies said.

Authorities did not immediately provide further information about the shooting.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or by visiting

This story is developing and will be updated. Times staff writer Richard Winton contributed to this report.

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