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Search for suspects in officer shooting

February 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The search continues for two suspects who attacked an off-duty LAPD officer.Officer Anthony Razo, 49, was shot around 4:45 a.m. Saturday outside his home in City Terrace. The 14-year veteran was leaving to play golf when two suspects, one armed with a gun, confronted him.

According to authorities, a struggle broke out and Razo pulled his weapon. During the struggle, Razo dropped his gun and a suspect grabbed it off the ground then shot Razo once in the right shoulder.

The suspects fled and are still at large.

Razo was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was initially listed in critical condition, but authorities said he is expected to survive. He is in serious but stable condition.

Police have not determined the motive for the attack, but suspect gang members are to blame. The suspects have only been described as two Hispanic men. "It wasn't in a public domain where this shooting occurred," said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. "Clearly the two suspects or more had a purpose in confronting the officer."

A section of Cesar Chavez Avenue was closed for several blocks near where the shooting occurred, but Carrillo said the search of the area turned up no suspects.

The shooting was similar to the fatal Aug. 2 shooting of a sheriff's deputy, Juan Abel Escalante, who was fatally shot outside his Cypress Park home in a predawn attack as he prepared to go to work at Men's Central Jail. Two suspected gang members have been charged in the case, but no motive has been disclosed.

Razo had worked with the Hollenbeck division's gang detail.

If you have information on the shooting, you're asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department at (323) 890-5500.

City News Service contributed to this story.


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