Gunfire erupted in a hospital emergency room in Boyle Heights Saturday, and one person was critically wounded.

Los Angeles police said their officers were involved, but not injured when violence erupted at about 5 a.m., said an LAPD public information officer at a 9:30 a.m. news conference in front of the hospital.

The incident began, according to LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar at the news conference, when LAPD Hollenbeck station gang enforcement officers arrested a suspect for a”felony crime” sometime Friday night.

“That individual was taken to Hollenbeck police station where he suffered a medical emergency that was unrelated to the arrest, and they were transported here to White Memorial Hospital,” Aguilar said.

The fight and shooting occurred in an area adjacent to the emergency room at Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital, 1720 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.

“This morning, around 5 a.m., that individual was undergoing a medical examination. There was an altercation that involved two police officers,” she related. “And that resulted into an office-involved shooting.”

The person apparently shot by police was treated at White Memorial, then transferred to a trauma center in critical condition.

The emergency room at Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital was still open, Aguilar said.

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