A gunman who shot and injured an Azusa police officer before being killed in a shootout with police was identified Thursday as a 32-year-old Los Angeles man, officials said.
Mathew Cook, 32, died at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday at the scene of the 1000 block of West Gladstone Street in Azusa, authorities said. The officer was shot and seriously injured in the lower torso in the exchange of gunfire, authorities said.
The officer was first listed in critical condition in a hospital following the shooting, but authorities now say his injury is not life-threatening.
The incident began around 4 p.m. when the officer, who was new and working with a training officer, found a stolen vehicle and identified Cook and a woman ‘who were in and near the vehicle’, sources say. policewomen.
When officers approached, Cook fled on foot and officers pursued him for a short distance, police said. At one point, Cook got into a physical fight with the officers, pulled out a handgun and shot them, wounding one, authorities said.
Cook suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives, who are investigating the shooting. Sheriff’s detectives recovered a handgun next to Cook at the scene.
A 28-year-old woman was arrested by Azusa police. But so far, no official booking has been announced in connection with this detention.
Los Angeles Times