Altercation at Hollywood nightclub leads to shootout between police and gunman

A police tape blocks a road near the scene where a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was shot and a suspect was shot and killed in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael, Calif., Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The deputy was taken to an area hospital, his condition is unknown. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Shots were fired outside a Hollywood nightclub early Saturday morning. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

An altercation outside a Hollywood nightclub led to a shootout between police and a gunman as he fled the scene early Saturday, Los Angeles police said.

A nightclub security guard flagged officers down after the altercation spilled into the street around 1:48 am near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue, police said.

As the officers drove toward the area, a suspect described as a heavy-set Caucasian male in his 30s began firing a handgun as he fled in a white sedan, police said. Officers fired back and pursued the sedan before losing sight of the vehicle.

No officers or bystanders were injured. At this point, it’s unclear whether the suspect or his vehicle were struck by gunfire.

The area near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue will be closed for several hours as police conduct an investigation.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.