LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A 29-year-old man who allegedly opened fire on two officers inside the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division was charged today with attempted murder.
Daniel Christoph Yealu, who was injured when officers returned fire Monday night, remains hospitalized and it was not immediately clear how soon he would be arraigned on two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, according to the District Attorney's Office.
The charges include gun allegations.
Police allege Yealu walked into the lobby of the building at 4861 Venice Blvd. about 8 p.m. Monday, spoke with an officer inside. then pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and opened fire. A meeting of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council was being held in the building at the time.
The wounded officer and his female partner -- a four-year veteran of the LAPD -- both returned fire.
The injured officer has since been released from the hospital. His partner was not wounded.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu was carrying a Glock pistol with extra magazines.
``He (Yealu) went into the police station not only with his Glock ... pistol, but also with extra magazines, so the officers' response clearly saved not only their own lives but the lives of community members,'' Beck said.
``It is an amazing, an amazing story, that he would be here with us,'' Beck said. ``He was struck twice in the shoulder ... and he took a round that would have gone through his femur and maybe his femoral artery ... but that round was stopped by his backup weapon that he had in his pocket.''
Beck displayed the officer's backup handgun and its holster, both of which were damaged.
Outside the complex, which also houses the LAPD's Wilshire Station, police found what Beck described as a ``heavily modified'' AK-47 semi-automatic rifle in Yealu's parked car.
A further search of Yealu's apartment in Palms revealed what Beck called an ``armament'' of weapons, including an assault rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, a 12-gauge shotgun and a large amount of ammunition.
Yealu had applied to join the LAPD in 2009, but was rejected, The Los Angeles Times reported.
If convicted as charged, Yealu faces 75 years to life in state prison. The prosecution is asking that his bail be set at $3.3 million.