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Second suspect arrested in shooting of Los Angeles police car

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A second suspect was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a Los Angeles shooting over the weekend where two men opened fire on a police squad car.

James Brooks, 19, was taken into custody in Las Vegas by a joint FBI and Los Angeles Police Department task force, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Prosecutors said two officers on Sunday were driving their patrol car through a south Los Angeles intersection where rival gang members had been engaged in a firefight when their vehicle was fired upon.

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One of the officers returned fire, but no one was injured in the exchange.

Law enforcement officers around the country were on edge in the aftermath of a New York City ambush earlier this month in which two policemen were shot to death as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

Brooks’ arrest comes a day after accused gang member Christopher Taylor, 18, was charged with assault on a peace officer, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle in connection with the incident, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Taylor faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

The FBI spokeswoman referred further questions regarding the charges to Los Angeles police. But a LAPD spokeswoman could not provide additional information.

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The weekend shooting led the LAPD to issue a citywide tactical alert, allowing commanders to keep officers on duty beyond their shifts.

A perimeter was also established around several city blocks as police swarmed the area to search for the perpetrators.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Ryan Woo)

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