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A gang-detail officer from Los Angeles police’s Hollenbeck Division was hospitalized in stable condition Saturday morning with an injury to an arm suffered in a shootout with an alleged 21-year-old gang member in Boyle Heights.

The officer-involved shooting occurred at 7:10 p.m. Friday near Malabar and North Fickett streets, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Hollenbeck Gang Unit officers “were performing patrol activities at the time of the incident when they conducted an investigative pedestrian stop on the suspect,” who produced a gun and fired on the officers, prompting an officer-involved shooting, police said.

An officer was struck in an arm by gunfire and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries he suffered, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD’s Media Relations Division.

“Fortunately, our officer will survive that injury,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters at the scene Friday night. “I visited him… he’s in good spirits, he’s stabilized and we’re blessed tonight that his injury was not more serious and did not take his life.”

The wounded officer is a five-year veteran of the force, with one year as a member of the gang unit, Moore said.

The suspect, who was not hit by gunfire, was taken into custody without incident and a gun was recovered at the scene, Lopez said.

Moore described the alleged shooter as a 21-year-old suspected gang member. The suspect’s name was not released.

“We’ll conduct a parallel investigation involving the criminal actions of this suspect attempting to murder a Los Angeles police officer and the second one being the administrative investigation of our officer’s actions relative to the use of deadly force,” Moore said.

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