Recent L.A. Shootings Called 'Open Season' on Law Enforcement

Gunmen have shot at L.A. peace officers at least four times over the last eight days – a pace that has a Los Angeles County union official saying it appears to be "open season" on law enforcement

Gunmen have shot at L.A. peace officers at least four times over the last eight days – a pace that has a Los Angeles County union official saying it appears to be "open season" on law enforcement, reports the L.A. Times.

The latest shooting broke out Tuesday night in San Pedro, when a man allegedly shot at two LAPD officers. Though no officers were hit, it was a different case just hours earlier in Lynwood, when a sheriff's detective was shot in the shoulder.

"It's a dangerous job, and we work in a particularly dangerous area," said Jeffrey Steck, president of the county deputies' union. "It seems there's a little bit of an open season on law enforcement lately — attacks that are unprovoked."

Among those apparently unprovoked shootings was one in San Bernardino on Friday. According to police, Officer Gabriel Garcia and his rookie partner approached a group of a half-dozen people in a residential neighborhood when one of the men in the group, identified as Alex Alvarado, 38, turned and shot Garcia multiple times with an assault weapon-type rifle. Alvarado was killed in a subsequent firefight; Garcia remains in critical condition.

Garcia was the most seriously injured in the recent spate of shootings, but an LAPD officer engaged in a gun battle Aug. 18 – the first in the recent string of incidents – was also seriously wounded. The injury may be career-ending to the officer, officials said.

Three days earlier, on Aug. 15, a sheriff's deputy was severely beaten by a man while investigating a domestic violence incident at Lakewood Center mall. The man was unarmed and was taken into custody and the deputy is recovering in the hospital.

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