A gang-detail officer from Los Angeles police’s Hollenbeck Division was released from the hospital, less than 24 hours after he was wounded in one arm in a shootout with an alleged 21-year-old gang member in Boyle Heights.
The Los Angeles Police Department announced the release via Twitter Saturday noting, “Last night was a sobering reminder of the dangers police officers face when they put on the uniform — but they never shy away from protecting and serving their communities.”
The wounded officer is a five-year veteran of the force, with one year as a member of the gang unit, LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters at the scene.
The officer-involved shooting occurred at 7:10 p.m. Friday near Malabar and North Fickett streets, according to the LAPD.
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.
The officer, whose name was not released, was struck in an arm by gunfire and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD’s Media Relations Division.
“Fortunately, our officer will survive that injury,” Moore said. “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 suspect, whose name was not released, was not hit by gunfire and was taken into custody without incident. A gun was recovered at the scene, Lopez said.
“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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