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Detective killed, two police officers wounded in shootout

May 28, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A shootout between police and a gunman in an adult entertainment warehouse killed a detective, and SWAT teams ringed the site today trying to force the suspect to surrender. Two other officers were wounded.

The gunman ignored repeated police attempts to talk to him. Officers occasionally lobbed tear-gas canisters into the large warehouse, said police Lt. Anthony Alba.

``We have tried to communicate with him for some time now, but he has refused to communicate,″ Alba said. ``... He has made no effort to communicate or surrender.″

Alba said the gunman was apparently a suspect in a murder attempt during a dispute with a spouse or girlfriend on Tuesday afternoon.

Two plainclothes detectives from suburban Glendale arrived at the warehouse late Tuesday looking for the suspect, who apparently is an employee at the warehouse.

``They had information that this gentleman sometimes stayed at this warehouse,″ said police Sgt. Rick Young.

The gunman opened fire when the detectives entered the building, in the city’s Chatsworth section about 20 miles northwest of downtown, police said. The warehouse is owned by Patrick Collins Inc. and is involved in the adult entertainment industry, Alba said.

Young identified the dead officer as Detective Charles Lazzaretto, a 10-year Glendale veteran who died at a hospital.

Two Los Angeles officers also were shot when they entered the building, and more shots were fired at police who pulled Lazzaretto out of the building.

The wounded officers’ injuries were described as not life-threatening.

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