Police believe road rage triggered a shootout outside the La Habra Police Department that left a suspect dead and a wounded police officer listed in critical but stable condition at an area trauma center, authorities said Saturday.
The incident began in the area of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and the Orange (57) Freeway, where a female motorist in a vehicle called 911 at about 7:05 p.m. Friday, then drove to the police department — where she was followed by the suspect, according to Lt. Jose Rocha of the La Habra PD.
At some point an officer exchanged gunfire with the suspect, Rocha said.
“Everyone who was working responded and came to the aid of the officer,” he said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics responded just after 7:10 p.m. to the station at 150 N. Euclid St., according to a department spokesman.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, Rocha said.
A firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.
Authorities have not yet released the name of the suspect or the wounded officer.