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$100K reward offered for LAUSD cop shooter

January 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A major reward has been offered in the search for the gunman who shot a school police officer Wednesday. Officials are offering $100,000 to get the gunman behind bars.

The suspect opened fire on a school police officer Wednesday in Woodland Hills, prompting a lockdown at nine schools.

The Los Angeles City Council approved on Friday the maximum amount it can offer, $75,000. Several police and fire associations added $15,000 and the founder of the 99 Cents Only store chain donated $9,999.99.

"We want the public to be alert that this individual is a threat to all of us," said Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine. "He's armed. He shot at a uniformed police officer. And this reward is very important to keep the public attention on this until this individual is apprehended."

Authorities are hoping the reward, combined with a composite sketch of the suspect, will soon lead to an arrest.

The gunman is described as Caucasian, in his mid-to-late 40s, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build. He had long, gray hair that was tied in a ponytail.

Los Angeles school police officer Jeffrey Stenroos was gunned down outside El Camino Real High School. He was shot in the chest, but his protective vest saved his life.

A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member who witnessed the shooting rushed to the officer's aid, using a police radio to call for help.

"What I did, I don't feel was anything that unusual. I'm a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. What I did [Wednesday] was just do what I'm trained to do," said Michael Brody.

Anyone with information was urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-24-7. Callers can remain anonymous.