Los Angeles Police Department patrol car. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Police Department patrol car. Photo by John Schreiber.

The second suspect in the shooting at a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car in South Los Angeles was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

James Brooks, 19, was arrested by an FBI/LAPD task force, according to Laura Eimiller of the FBI.

The other suspect, Christopher Taylor, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Taylor, an 18-year-old reputed gang member arrested Sunday night, is charged with two counts each of shooting at an occupied vehicle and assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm, and one count of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The shooting occurred about 9:25 p.m. Sunday near 62nd and Hoover streets. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the officers were in their patrol car when they “observed muzzle flashes and heard gunshots coming from two male pedestrians.”

“The officers believed they were the object of an attack and returned fire,” Beck said. “Neither the officers nor the suspects were struck by gunfire and a suspect was captured after a search of the area. A pistol, a rifle and multiple shell casings were also recovered.”

Taylor and Brooks were actually trying to shoot rival gang members who were in a car nearby, but opened fire just as the patrol car came through the area, prosecutors allege.

— City News Service

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