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article imageManhunt prompts closure of busy L.A. freeway

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Jan 5, 2012 in Crime
Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Police Department closed a large portion of the 210 freeway Wednesday after a parolee shot an officer. The suspect was eventually detained hours later.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Steven Hoff, 43, shot a parole officer in the face at around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. A team of officers had been dispatched to Hoff's residence in order to detain him after a parole violation.
Police opened fire on the suspect's home, striking him twice. He was somehow able to get into a vehicle and flee the scene.
The Contra Costa Times reports that a 3-square mile radius was put on lock-down, including two schools. A portion of the heavily traveled 210 freeway was shut down to accommodate LAPD officers in their search.
Hoff was found hiding in a pool filled with filth and debris just a short distance away from where the shooting had taken place, according to KTLA. A police dog was able to track the suspect by smelling his blood traces.
Hoff was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. The officer shot was also taken to a hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition.
The area closed off by police was reopened around 6:30 pm that evening.
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