Suspect dead, officer hurt in road rage case

Associated Press / April 26, 2011

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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — A car crash and road rage apparently triggered a stabbing and a running gun battle that ended with one man dead and four people, including a Monterey Park police officer, hospitalized, authorities said yesterday.

A search for a second suspect was called off after Sunday’s 5 p.m. shooting in Monterey Park when Los Angeles County deputies determined there was no second shooter, Deputy Benjamin Grubb told City News Service.

Monterey Park police officer Gilbert Alvarez sustained a grazing wound to the head and was in stable condition at County-USC Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Two bystanders with gunshot wounds to their legs and the stabbing victim were all hospitalized in stable condition, Deputy Jeff Gordon said in a statement early yesterday.

Police were called at 5 p.m. Sunday about a possible stabbing at a busy intersection in Monterey Park, 10 miles east of Los Angeles.

The stabbing apparently followed a car crash, officials told the Times.

Gunfire started almost as soon as officers arrived, and the suspect started running as he fired. Alvarez was struck, the bystanders were shot, and the windows were shattered in several parked cars, including police cruisers, before the suspect was killed.

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