Update: Parolee who shot agent apprehended, 210 Freeway reopens

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The parolee who allegedly shot a parole agent in the Lake View Terrace area Wednesday has been apprehended, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Officials closed the 210 Freeway, Foothill Boulevard and other surface streets while police and sheriff's deputies searched for the gunman; the 210 Freeway has been reopened, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The shooting occurred about 1:25 p.m., Officer Chris Hidjuk with the LAPD Foothill Division told KPCC. Police received a tip saying that he was hiding under a horse trailer on a large ranch-style property, Hidjuk said.

A task force went to the suspect's house to serve a search warrant, the Sheriff's Department said. Before the warrant could be served, the parolee shot the officer, according to LAPD Lieutenant Andy Neiman. Police may have partially entered the house when the shooting occurred. The suspect may have been wounded by return fire.

The wounded officer was shot in the face and is in serious but stable condition, Neiman said. He may have used a high-powered rifle, Lieutenant Eddie Hernandez with the Sheriff's Department said.

"The suspect appeared to engage the officers first," Hernandez said.

The 210 was closed from Sunland Boulevard to the 118 Freeway exchange.

According to broadcast reports, the wounded officer is part of a law enforcement team that checks on parolees.

Police deployed 300 officers to the scene for the search. Police used helicopters and armored SWAT vehicles in the search.

The suspect was described as a white man with blond hair, 45 years old. He has two strikes and was wanted for a parole violation, Neiman said. The parolee was a violent criminal, according to Neiman.

Residents in the area were asked to evacuate or shelter in place. Nearby school Delphi Academy was locked down, with 166 students and staff members sheltered in place at the school. They were being protected by deputy sheriffs. A plan was being developed late this afternoon to evacuate the school, with plans for those evacuated to be taken to a nearby Sizzler on Sunland Boulevard, just east of the 210, Hernandez said.

Neiman estimated that the area cordoned off was between two-and-a-half and three miles, in the event that the suspect wasn't in the location they'd surrounded.

"It's chaos down at the [command post] right now," Neiman said in a press conference earlier in the afternoon before the suspect was apprehended.

The search was a joint investigation between the LAPD, the state Corrections Department and the L.A. Sheriff's Department due to the involvement of a parolee, White said.

This story has been updated.

With contributions from Paige Osburn and Mike Roe

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