SANTA MONICA—A man suspected of shooting and killing another man in Santa Monica was wounded in a shootout with police on Friday, August 4.
Officers with the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to reports of a shooting in the 2300 block of Main Street, near Strand Street, at about 6:30 p.m. Witnesses at the scene indicated the suspect and victim appeared to know each other. The suspect shot and killed the other man following an argument, police said. The suspected gunman was spotted a few blocks away at Second Street and Hollister Avenue near Hotchkiss Park, according to reports. He had a firearm and pointed it at one of the responding officers, Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez indicated.
According to Lt. Rodriguez, additional officers responded and attempted to engage the suspect. The suspect shot two rounds at the officers, prompting them to fire back. The suspect, who is believed to be in his 40s, was wounded and transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. He is expected to survive, authorities indicated.
A video posted on social media showed officers approaching the suspect, who was lying on the ground. An officer could be heard ordering the man not to move. The officers converged with their guns drawn and appeared to kick an object away from the suspect’s body.
No officers were injured in the shooting, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks indicated via Twitter. The area of Main Street and Hollister Avenue to Third Street was closed following the incident, she indicated. A gun was reportedly recovered at the scene.
The suspect faces charges including murder and attempted murder. The SMPD are still investigating the case.