Crime & Justice

LAPD shoots man who escaped custody, carjacked SUV

A man being escorted by police for a medical examination broke free from officers and carjacked an SUV on Wednesday. At some point the man crashed and officers shot and wounded him.
A man being escorted by police for a medical examination broke free from officers and carjacked an SUV on Wednesday. At some point the man crashed and officers shot and wounded him.
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A man who escaped custody and stole an SUV was shot by police in Boyle Heights on Wednesday.

The man was identified as 36-year-old Freddy Bailon by Los Angeles Police Det. Meghan Aguilar, according to the L.A. Times.

Bailon was being escorted by police to the L.A. County-USC Medical Center for an examination at about 3:30 p.m. when he managed to break free from officers and carjacked an SUV from a woman.

Officers pursued Bailon, who crashed into a tree outside USC's School of Pharmacy at the hospital's Boyle Height's campus, according to the Times.

At some point during the pursuit, officers opened fire and hit Bailon. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and remained in stable condition, according to an LAPD spokesperson speaking at a press conference Wednesday. 

Neither the woman nor any of the officers were reported to have been injured.

Bailon had been arrested on a kidnapping charge a day earlier following a standoff with police. That incident began with a call at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the police spokesperson told reporters at a televised press conference.

Police arrived at an apartment where Bailon was seen holding a knife to a teenage girl's throat, the Times reports. The girl managed to escape while police were setting up around the apartment. They later managed to negotiate Bailon's surrender, and he was arrested.

No one was injured in the Tuesday incident.

It was still unclear as of Thursday morning what sort of examination Bailon was scheduled to receive at LAC-USC. Also unclear was whether he was armed and what prompted officers to open fire.

The Times reports that the officers had body cameras, but the footage had yet to be reviewed Thursday.