Southern California officer wounded in shootout

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California police officer has been wounded in a shootout with a suspect who had a high-powered gun and was wearing military fatigues.

Hawthorne police Chief Michael Ishii says officers responded to a call Sunday morning about an armed man chasing a woman through the lobby of a Marriott. When officers arrived, Ishii says they saw the man running across the street toward a shopping center.

When officers confronted him, Ishii says the man immediately began firing, prompting them to return fire. Police soon after found the man with a gunshot wound and arrested him.

Ishii says one officer was shot in the leg and was in surgery.

Ishi says the suspect was a guest at the Marriott and that officers were getting a warrant to search his room.

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