Man charged with attempted murder after LAPD officer shot in ambush-style attack

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Police have arrested a man they say fired a semiautomatic gun at two Los Angeles police officers, striking and wounding one. (KABC)

Police have arrested a man they say fired a semiautomatic gun at two Los Angeles police officers, striking and wounding one.

Ivan Castillo, 27, was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm. Castillo was also charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

Police said Castillo is believed to have opened fire on a pair of LAPD officers who were on patrol on Hartford Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

A female officer, Joy Park, was struck in the leg. The other officer was uninjured, according to police.

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The LAPD Headquarters Twitter account said Park came to the U.S. from Korea as a teenager and learned English as a second language.

After attending Cal State Los Angeles, she joined the academy in October 2016 and graduated April 2017.

She is expected to make a full recovery.

Castillo initially fled the scene but was later arrested, police said. Prosecutors have recommended bail be set at $4.03 million. Castillo's arraignment is set for Jan. 25.

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