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Van Nuys, accused of shooting a CHP officer multiple times, has been arrested

A US Marine fighting in Afghanistan late Monday led police on a brief manhunt after the California Highway Patrol said he had shot one of his officers multiple times during a traffic stop in Studio City.

Police arrested 33-year-old Pagemaun Iraj Khosrowabadi on suspicion of shooting a CHP officer on June 13 during a traffic stop in Studio City area on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (Image courtesy of California Highway Patrol)

Los Angeles Police Chief Michelle Moore said Tuesday that officers arrested 33-year-old Pegemon Iraj Khosrowabadi from inside a tent in the Van Nuys area more than 12 hours later.

Officers discovered where Khosrowabadi was hiding after a LAPD SWAT team surrounded his apartment and fired tear gas, only to realize he was not there.

He has since been booked into the LAPD’s Valley Jail, where he is being held on $3 million bail. He hasn’t been charged yet.

The CHP officer was taken to the hospital, where he was recovering on Tuesday. Moore said the officer’s condition had “improved overnight”, but the chief did not give details about his recovery.

Following his arrest, Khosrowabadi’s family details his military service with the Marines and his mental health struggles since returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2010, which they said witnessed intense combat.

“He was in a really bad fight,” said the man’s uncle Ken Khosrowabadi. “He wasn’t the same person when he came back.”

The violence began when the officer stopped Khosrowabadi just before 8 pm on Monday.

Khosrowabadi was driving a white Ford Fusion with an Oregon license plate on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, south of the 101 Freeway near Campbell Hall. Officials did not say why the officer stopped them.

Moore said he went to the scene and viewed footage of the shooting obtained from a security camera. He said the officer went up to the driver’s side window and started talking to Khosrodbari. After some time Khosrodbari started arguing with the officer, then got down from his vehicle. When Khosrodabadi pulled out the gun, the two clashed.

“During that conflict, the motorist produced a handcuff and shot this officer several times,” Moore told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

“The motorist re-entered his car and fled the scene, leaving this officer behind,” Moore said.

The chief said the LAPD had gone to Khosrodbari’s Van Nuys apartment in the 7400 block of Haskell Avenue, which he had surrounded “over a long period of time involving SWAT resources”. Footage from the scene showed police activity in the area of ​​Haskell Avenue and Cohasset Street.

Moore said officers were in touch with Khosrowabadi’s family after they cordoned off his apartment. He also said that he talked to his roommate.

Moore said SWAT fired several rounds of tear gas inside the apartment. When the officers finally went inside, Khosrowabadi was not there. Police said the Ford Fusion he was driving was found in the parking garage of the apartment.

They searched the area with the help of Bloodhound and found Khosrowabadi in the tent. He quickly surrendered, the chief said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a pile of broken glass could be seen in the parking lot of the apartment complex on Haskell Avenue. Drought blood was still splattered on the door knob, leading neighbors to say that Khosrowabadi had a unit of almost a year.

A man who identified himself as Khosrowabadi’s brother came to the apartment and said that he had come there to pick up a dog. He declined to comment further.

The manhunt attracted many law enforcement agencies from across the region. US marshals were also involved in the search for Khosrowabadi, and Moore said he had also spoken to the FBI in Los Angeles about the shooting.

Piper, A 4-Year-Old Lapd Bloodhound, Tracks Down The Scent Of A Suspect In The Shooting Of A Chp Officer In Studio City, Leading Officers To A Homeless Camp In Van Nuys Tuesday, June 14, 2022.  (Photo Courtesy Of Video Courtesy Of Abc7).  ,
Piper, a 4-year-old LAPD Bloodhound, tracks down the scent of a suspect in the shooting of a CHP officer in Studio City, leading officers to a homeless camp in Van Nuys Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (Photo courtesy of video courtesy of ABC7). ,

Moore said Khosrowabadi had a bullet wound in his hand. The officials did not say whether Khosrowabadi shot himself or the CHP officer opened fire during the encounter.

While the CHP did not explain why the stop happened, residents of the area said they saw what happened: The CHP officer tried to pull over Khosrowabadi’s vehicle, but he categorically refused. He finally came to Campbell Hall. A few minutes later, residents heard gunshots, which was followed by a massive police reaction.

Khosrowabadi’s sister said on social media that she was trying to get help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for her mental health struggles after her time in Afghanistan.

“She suffers from mental health issues and major post-traumatic stress disorder. She is suicidal and mentally fragile,” Khosrowabadi’s sister Shamayya Shaysteh said in a Facebook post.

Ken Khosrowabadi said that his nephew was deeply traumatized by his experiences during the war. The two lived together in Oregon in 2015.

His uncle said that Pizmaun Khosrowadi began to struggle with alcoholism and showed signs of depression after coming back to the US.

He said that several other members of his nephew’s unit who had returned from the war died by suicide. He said the most recent death occurred last week.

Ken Khosrowabadi said, “My wife spoke to (Pahjamon) two days ago.” “He said he wanted to die.”

The family said that Pejmaun Khosrowadi was getting disability payments and medicine from Veterans Affairs.

He too was seeking medical attention and had recently had an appointment for evaluation, but it was rescheduled in January, Ken Khosrowabadi said.

He believes that more could have been done to help his nephew.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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