CHP agent in critical condition after being shot during traffic stop in Studio City

Authorities are looking for a gunman who shot a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop on Monday evening.

The shooting happened just before 8 p.m. on the 4500 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The CHP officer was attempting to stop traffic on 101 southbound highway when the suspect vehicle took an exit and came to a stop on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. At some point during the stop, the suspect opened fire on the officer, who was hit and seriously injured.

The CHP officer was transported by ambulance in critical condition to the trauma center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

A heavy police presence surrounded the shooting scene and the area was cordoned off with crime scene tape.

Law enforcement officers then shifted the focus of their investigation to a neighborhood in Van Nuys where the suspect’s vehicle was believed to have been spotted.

An intensive search for the alleged gunman took place at an apartment complex on the 7400 block of Haskell Avenue. Video from Sky5 showed dozens of law enforcement officers at the scene, including an armored SWAT team vehicle.

Roads near both the crime scene and the suspected shooter’s apartment building were closed Monday night with no clear timeline for when they would reopen.

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