LAPD cruiser
LAPD cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A man in his 30s who crashed a van into two vehicles and then opened fire on police who had been following him was critically wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Wilmington.

No officers were injured as a result of the shooting, which occurred about 3:25 p.m.Friday  in the area of Opp Street and Fries Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said.

A bystander in a second-floor apartment was also struck with a bullet and sustained a non-life-threatening injury, Madison said.

That person, whose age and gender were not immediately available, was taken to a hospital, Madison said.

Officers from the LAPD’s Harbor Division were working a gang detail when they saw a white van being driven erratically in the area of Anaheim and Ronan streets, Madison said.

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The officers got behind the suspect’s vehicle, which sped up in the area of Opp Street and Fries Avenue and struck two vehicles, coming to a stop after hitting the second. The suspect then got out of the van and allegedly opened fire on the officers, Madison said.

An officer-involved shooting occurred and the suspect was hit and went down. He was in critical condition when taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.

An update on his condition was not immediately available, Madison said.

None of the other drivers were injured, according to Madison, who said a handgun was recovered at the scene.

Part of the shooting investigation would involve determining who fired the shot that hit the bystander, Madison said.

This is the fourth time in a month LAPD officers were shot at or where a weapon was pointed at them, police reported.

— City News Service

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