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11 officers fired 60 gunshots at carjacking suspect in Koreatown

Screenshot via NBC LA video footage

The "number of officers firing weapons" is likely to be the focus of an LAPD investigation, says the L.A. Times, after it was revealed that 11 officers fired more than 60 shots at an armed carjacking suspect who led police on a slow-speed chase on Thursday.

The fatal shooting occurred at a Koreatown gas station on Thursday when police fired at the suspect after he "pulled out his revolver and pointed it at people inside the store," said Cmdr. Andrew Smith on Friday. 

Video footage of the shooting shows officers opening fire as gas station owner, Harry Hahn, who was outside when the suspect pulled up, ducks for cover, reports NBC LA.

An investigation into the use of force will be supplemented by investigations by the district attorney's officer shooting team, and the Police Commission's inspector general into the number of units that responded to the chase and issues of public safety. 

The deceased man allegedly stole a car from a woman in San Bernardino, drove to Valley Boulevard and Eastern Avenue in El Sereno, abandoned the car, and stole an older-model Saturn from a 65-year-old man. A revolver was found inside that vehicle at the gas station, sources said.