VAN NUYS (CNS) – A man who allegedly shot and wounded a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop in Studio City was taken into custody today in Van Nuys following an overnight search.
Pejhmaun Khosroadbadi, 33, was arrested shortly before 9 a.m., CHP Officer Wes Haver of the agency’s West Valley Area office told City News Service. A canine from the Los Angeles Police Department tracked down Khosroadbadi, who was found by authorities hiding in a homeless encampment at Gloria Avenue and Cantlay Street, according to reports from the scene.
The dog tracked Khosroadbadi’s scent from a Haskell Avenue apartment building where a standoff involving SWAT officers occurred overnight to the homeless encampment, where he was found with an unspecified injury in a tent.
Paramedics sent to the 15900 block of Cantlay Street at 8:50 a.m. took a man to a hospital for treatment of an unspecified injury, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which did not confirm that the man was the suspect in the CHP shooting.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the suspect “suffered a gunshot wound to his hand during the altercation with the (CHP) officer,” NBC4 reported.
Earlier, the LAPD had circulated a flier that identified the wanted man as Khosroadbadi.
The shooting occurred just before 7:55 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City, one block south of the Ventura (101) Freeway, according to the LAPD.
The officer had conducted a traffic stop on a white Ford Fusion and an altercation ensued, according to authorities.
“During the altercation, the suspect produced a firearm and fired several rounds, striking our officer multiple times,” Haver told reporters. “The suspect fled the scene.”
The officer was hospitalized in serious condition, according to the CHP.
Moore told NBC4 that he suffered multiple gunshot wounds, but his condition improved overnight and he was stable on Tuesday.
Police say the suspect drove to the apartment complex in the 7400 block of Haskell Avenue in Van Nuys after the shooting. The building was evacuated for several hours and the area around Haskell and Saticoy Street was closed while a SWAT team searched for the suspect but did not find him.
Investigators reportedly interviewed the suspect’s roommate at the scene.
Police searched the area for a white Ford Fusion with Oregon plates in connection with the shooting, KCAL9 reported. Police later found a Fusion outside the apartment complex that matched the description.