LOS ANGELES – Recently released video shows LAPD officers ambushed during a foot pursuit. The agency released video from the dramatic police shootout last month, which shows a bystander suddenly opening fire on police in south Los Angeles.
On April 20, at 9:20 p.m., two LAPD Gang Enforcement Division officers spotted a white BMW rolling through a stop sign, turning left and then speeding ahead, LAPD Captain Giselle Espinoza said in a Critical Incident Video Release compiled from the officers’ bodycam videos and neighborhood surveillance videos posted on YouTube.
After a short vehicle chase, the driver suddenly stopped and exited the car, then ran with a gun into the Pueblo Del Rio public housing project in LA’s Central-Alameda neighborhood, Espinoza said.
On April 20 LAPD Newton ofcrs stopped a car for running a stop sign, the driver fled on foot & they gave chase. A bystander then came out of nowhere & shot an ofcr at point-blank range. Fortunately, the ofcr survived this terrifying incident. Full video ? https://t.co/zh9KXInqiT pic.twitter.com/WjCg4wJ9jn
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 24, 2019
As a result, the two officers engaged in a foot pursuit after the driver, who they described as a black male, the video shows. However, that is when the apparent ambush occurred. A second man wearing in a white shirt, who was later identified as Curley Duff, is seen approaching one of the officers, Enrique Trujillo, the video shows.
Duff, 39, pulled out a handgun from his waistband and shot at Trujillo. Consequently, the officer returned fire. Hence, both men were injured in the volley of bullets. The first officer then doubled back to assist his partner, ABC News reported.
On April 24, prosecutors charged Duff with the attempted murder of a police officer.
The investigation remains ongoing.