1 officer injured, 1 suspect killed during police-involved shooting in Azusa

AZUSA, Calif. (KABC) -- An officer was shot and injured and a suspect was killed during a police-involved shooting in Azusa Wednesday afternoon.

It happened just before 4 p.m.

Lt. Vincent Ursini with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - who's assisting in the investigation - said two veteran officers with the Azusa Police Department were responding to reports of a stolen vehicle.

He said they had information about a vehicle near Jackson Avenue and Gladstone Street that matched the description.

Ursini said the two officers attempted to approach the suspect in the vehicle, who was described only as a young white male. When officers got close, that's when the suspect took off. Ursini said he pulled out a gun and a "close range shootout" ensued.

The officer was shot and fired back at the suspect, striking him.

He was killed at the scene.

Meanwhile, a woman, who was in the car with the suspect, was taken into custody.

Ursini said the officer was rushed to a nearby trauma center and underwent surgery. He's currently stable and is expected to make a full recovery.

Ursini called this incident "rare" for the Azusa Police Department.

The incident remains under investigation.

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