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Suspect killed, cop wounded in Calif. shootout

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A drug suspect was killed in a shootout Thursday in which a detective narrowly escaped a bullet that bounced off his helmet, police said.

The detective, who was shot in the leg, was taken to a hospital for treatment to his non-life-threatening wound.

The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. when two suspects inside a house in the Boyle Heights neighborhood fired at officers who were serving a narcotics search warrant, Lt. Ruben de la Torre said.

"The round hit the officer in the helmet. You can see the indentation. It's just at the bill of the Kevlar helmet," he said. "Had it hit an inch lower, it would have hit the officer in the temple."

Officers pulled the wounded detective to safety while returning fire, he said.

One suspect surrendered shortly after the gun battle, but another suspect remained in the house, prompting police to evacuate dozens of residents and close off several streets.

A SWAT team sent a device into the home which transmitted video that showed the suspect had died from a gunshot wound, de la Torre said.

Police searched the home and found two handguns and an unspecified amount of narcotics, he said.

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