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Parole agent shooting suspect wanted for murder in 2002

January 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The man suspected of shooting a state parole agent in Lake View Terrace was involved in a 2002 murder case.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Steven Hoff, 43, was wanted for murder and parole violation in August 2002. Hoff barricaded himself inside a home, triggering a standoff with SWAT officers. He eventually surrendered and was taken into custody without any injuries.

This was not the case with the incident that shut down the 210 Freeway in Lake View Terrace on Wednesday.

It all started at about 1:30 p.m. when a parole task force showed up at Hoff's trailer home regarding a 2011 parole violation. That's when authorities said Hoff opened fire, shooting one officer in the face. Officers then reportedly fired back at Hoff.

That officer was listed in stable condition and is expected to be OK.

The shooting led to a massive standoff, basically locking down the entire Lake View Terrace area, including several elementary schools.

Police eventually cornered Hoff hiding under debris in an abandoned and drained swimming pool. Authorities used a K-9 unit to apprehend him because he was considered an armed and dangerous suspect.

Hoff was bitten by the police dog and also suffered gunshot wounds in the gun battle he allegedly got into with parole officers.

Hoff faces attempted murder charges in connection with that gun fight.

Hoff is a violent criminal with a long rap-sheet and a "two-striker," Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Nieman said, referring to the state's three-strikes law that imposes minimum mandatory sentences for those convicted of a third felony. If convicted, Hoff could face a life sentence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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