Crime & Justice

Man suspected of shooting at Santa Monica police hospitalized

A 32-year-old Los Angeles man suspected of opening fire on Santa Monica police during a traffic stop, wounding an officer, was hospitalized today with bullet wounds and dog bites.

Dante Glenn Leverette was hospitalized under a police watch and expected to be booked on suspicion of trying to kill a police officer, Sgt. Jay Trisler said.

Leverette was in a vehicle driven by a 46-year-old man from Ohio, who was released without being charged, according to the overnight watch commander.

The driver's name was not made public. Police initially said the car was stopped because the driver was believed to be drunk or intoxicated.

Trisler said Leverette had a criminal record but did not elaborate.

According to police, officers made a traffic stop on Lincoln Boulevard near Bay Street about 1:30 a.m. yesterday and, shortly afterward, Leverette got out of the car, shot the officer and ran.

A search of the area ended with at least one officer wounding Leverette about 5:10 a.m. yesterday. He also was bitten by a police dog.

The name of the wounded officer was not made public.