Los Angeles Sheriff's cruiser
A Los Angeles Sheriff’s cruiser. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A carjacking suspect was wounded Thursday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting in Gardena.

The shooting was reported about 1 p.m. in the 13500 block of Mariposa Avenue, according to Deputy Marvin Crowder of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, Crowder said. His name was not released.

There were no reports of injuries to officers.

“Detectives have learned that Gardena police officers received a call of a traffic collision/possible carjacking at 161st Street/Vermont Avenue in the city of Gardena,” Crowder said. “Upon their arrival they contacted the victims whose vehicle was possibly stolen/carjacked.

“Officers received information from a citizen that the suspect was possibly armed with a handgun. Responding officers were checking the area and located the vehicle at 147th Street and Budlong (Avenue).”

Officers began chasing the vehicle west on 135th and then south on Mariposa Avenue, where the suspect stopped just south of 135th Street, Crowder said.

“The suspect exited the vehicle and an officer involved shooting occurred,” Crowder said.

The suspect suffered one gunshot wound to his upper body, but his injury does not appear to be life-threatening, Crowder said.

No firearm was recovered, but a search of the vehicle was pending, Crowder said.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were dispatched to assist Gardena police in the shooting investigation.

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