Bell police shoot, kill man in South Gate gun battle

Bell police today shot and killed a man in a gun battle in South Gate, and a search was underway for his accomplice, according to authorities.

No law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting, which occurred around 12:15 a.m., said Bell police Capt. Anthony Miranda.

Two people were in a white car, trying to flee from police, when at least one of them fired at their pursuers around midnight, according to a camera crew at the scene.

The car crashed at Seville Avenue and Santa Ana Street, the two occupants got out and ran, and at least one of them fired at officers, according to reports from the scene. At least one of the officers shot and fatally wounded one of the two.

One suspect, a man, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Sheriff's Department Bureau.

The body, covered by some sort of a sheet, could be seen this morning on a lawn at Commercial Place, north of Liberty Boulevard in South Gate. A Bell Police patrol car at the site had a bullet hole in it.

The shooting incident "ended in our city" at 12:23 a.m., South Gate police Sgt. Dave Scott said this morning. What sparked the chase and the ensuing firefight was not immediately disclosed.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's helicopter crew was assisting Bell and South Gate police with the search for the accomplice, said deputies at the sheriff's Aero Bureau and the department's Century Station.

Watch commanders for the police departments of Bell and South Gate were at the incident scene in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police dispatchers said. A command post was established at a parking lot at Seville and Santa Ana around 2:30 a.m.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau were assigned to the death investigation early today. Watch commanders for Bell police and South Gate police referred questions to the Sheriff's Department.

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