3 arrested, 1 at-large after suspects fire at LAPD officers in Watts

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Police arrested three suspects and are seeking a fourth who are accused of firing at officers Saturday morning. (KABC)

One suspect is still at large while three have been arrested after an incident in which suspects are accused of firing at Los Angeles officers Saturday morning.

No officers or bystanders were injured in the incident and the officers did not return fire, police said.

The incident began after Los Angeles Police Department officers tried to pull over what they believe was a stolen SUV in Watts around 7:30 a.m.

The vehicle fled from police, but crashed a few blocks away, around the intersection of 109th Street and Compton Avenue, police said.

The four suspects inside got out of the vehicle and fired shots at the officers and ran away, according to the LAPD. The officers soon found and arrested three of them hiding in the area.

They closed off streets and continued to search the neighborhood door-to-door on the ground and using a helicopter for the fourth suspect.

An LAPD official said the officers used their discretion in choosing not to return fire during the foot pursuit.

"Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't and that's a split-second decision that they made and they didn't today," said Lt. Walt Teague. "That doesn't deter us from finding the suspects and prosecuting them."
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