USC students chased robber before he was shot by security

Richard Winton, Andrew Blankstein and Stephen Ceasar (Los Angeles Times) | April 18, 2012

Two of the four students robbed near fraternity row early Wednesday chased an armed blankailant until a USC public safety officer took up the pursuit and shot the Compton-area gang member, police said

Police said the suspect approached four students — three men and one woman — at West 28th and South Figueroa streets near USC’s fraternity row and demanded items, which he placed in a backpack before fleeing, said Lt. Andy Neiman of the LAPD.

Two of the male students followed the robber and flagged down a USC public safety officer, who they spotted near a Del Taco on Figueroa Street. The safety officer pursued the suspect in his car for a couple of blocks. The officer shot the suspect in the leg after he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, Neiman said. It is unclear whether he fired from his patrol car.

Two LAPD officers who saw the pursuit also witnessed the shooting, Neiman said.

Authorities have identified the suspect as Jeremy Hendricks, 24, who is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. He has multiple prior arrests for blankault with a deadly weapon, burglary and robbery, according to LAPD officials. He is on probation for manufacturing dangerous weapons, officials said.

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Photo credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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