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In A Show Of Force, LASD Lands Helicopter In Middle Of La Brea

11:50 AM PDT on April 7, 2023

Screenshot via KTLA 5

A woman was shot and wounded Friday in the West Hollywood area, and a possible suspect was believed barricaded in an apartment complex nearby. In response to the shooting, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department landed a helicopter in the middle of La Brea Avenue to deploy SWAT units, NBC 4 reported.

Video: LA County Sheriff's helicopter lands on West Hollywood street during standoff with person sought in shooting at apartment.

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) April 7, 2023

Law enforcement aircrafts landing on city streets is relatively uncommon, according to news reports.

In early February, a Burbank Police helicopter made a "precautionary landing" at the Griffith Park Ferraro Fields.

In 2014, an LAPD helicopter made an emergency landing in South LA near the intersection of Western and Gage after a warning light came on.

And ten years ago, an LASD helicopter was forced to land on Lakewood Street after a bird struck the cabin.

The shooting in West Hollywood was reported around 8:15 AM in the 7000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, between Highland and La Brea avenues, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A woman who suffered a leg wound was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, according to the fire department and KCAL9.

According to the sheriff's department, a containment area was established in the 7100 block of Santa Monica. The suspect was believed to be barricaded in an apartment building, and SWAT team personnel were sent, according to reports from the scene.

City News Services contributed to this report.

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