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A man who rammed an SUV into one of two undercover Los Angeles police officers conducting a narcotics investigation in Mission Hills Thursday, critically injuring the officer, was detained this afternoon following a 3 1/2-hour manhunt that triggered several school lockdowns.

“One of the officers who tried to stop the SUV as part of a narcotics investigation got trapped on the running board of the vehicle,” LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said.

“A large perimeter was set up after the incident,” Neiman said. “Officers from all over the (San Fernando) Valley responded to this incident, including Metropolitan Division K-9 units which searched for the suspect. We have at this time detained one individual who matches the description of the suspect.”

Neiman also said the unidentified man would be held as a “person of interest” until investigators can confirm he was the wanted driver.

Neiman told City News Service the suspect was sniffed out by one of the K-9 units who found him hiding in the backyard of a house near the intersection of Haskell Avenue and San Fernando Road. No weapons were found on the man, he said. However, police have not revealed what led to the aborted traffic stop.

Neiman told reporters at the scene that Chief Charlie Beck visited the injured officer, who was expected to make a full recovery. He was listed in critical-but-stable condition, according to Neiman, and reportedly suffered a compound upper leg fracture.

“Just left the bedside of our brave officer and he is doing as well as can be expected,” Beck tweeted about 4:45 p.m. “Please keep him in your prayers as he recovers.”

The unidentified officer, who was wearing civilian clothing, was injured about noon in the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue. He was conscious when taken to a hospital.

The LAPD ordered a modified tactical alert this afternoon for officers in the San Fernando Valley, which allowed commanders to hold personnel past the end of their scheduled shifts to take part in the search for the suspect.

As a precaution, Porter Middle School and Danube and Haskell elementary schools were placed on lockdown, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The lockdown at Porter was lifted after about an hour, and the lockdowns at Danube and Haskell ended about 3:10 p.m., according to the LAUSD.

City News Service

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