California Highway Patrol officer hospitalized after being shot during traffic stop in Studio City; search for gunman underway

STUDIO CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The California Highway Patrol on Tuesday identified the outstanding suspect who is accused of shooting and seriously injuring an officer during a traffic stop in Studio City.

Authorities said Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi, 33, should be considered armed and dangerous.

The manhunt for him began just before 8 pm Monday when an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Landale Street, according to the CHP.

Witnesses told ABC7 that the driver initially refused to pull over. Eventually, the driver and officer pulled into the parking lot at Campbell Hall Episcopal, a private K-12 grade school.

The driver got out of the car and a physical altercation ensued. That’s when authorities said the suspect pulled out a gun and fired several rounds, striking the officer multiple times, before fleeing the scene.

Shortly after the shooting, a large police presence surrounded an apartment complex in the area of ​​Saticoy Street and Haskell Avenue in Van Nuys, where the shooter was believed to be barricaded.

A car matching the suspect’s vehicle description was found near the apartment complex.

Video from the scene captured loud booms as SWAT officers attempted to get the suspect out of the apartment complex. Authorities eventually said the suspect wasn’t located but they believe he is still in the area.

Meanwhile, the injured officer was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.

Khosroabadi, who has auburn hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing a long sleeve T-shirt and black pants. The investigation is ongoing.

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