Los Angeles: A man was arrested Saturday after he pointed and fired a handgun at police officers in the North Hollywood area.
On August 26, 2006, shortly after 1:00 a.m., officers from North
Hollywood Area Property Crimes were working a plain clothes detail in
the area of Burbank Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue, when they saw a
vehicle being driven in a reckless manner. Police followed the vehicle
and notified Communications Division, requesting that uniformed back up
Before the additional units arrived, the suspect, later identified as
23 year old Jose Molina, stopped and exited his vehicle. After
officers identified themselves, Molina began firing a handgun in their
direction. Officers Shawn Smith, 31 years old, 9 years with the
Department, and Scott Tween, 34 years old, 6 months with the
Department, returned fire. An Officer Involved Shooting resulted.
After firing several rounds at officers, Molina returned to his vehicle
and drove away. As he did, he threw the handgun out of the window and
abruptly stopped his vehicle. He and his brother, 27 year old Danny
Molina, a passenger in the vehicle, were immediately arrested.
Both Jose and his brother were taken into custody without further
incident. Both were later booked at Van Nuys jail for attempted murder
on a police officer.
During the shooting, Officer Tween fell to the ground, fracturing his
right elbow. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and
Force Investigation Division is handling the inquiry.
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