An officer of the Los Angeles Police Department was wounded on Saturday night, at around 10 p.m. by a suspect who walked into the Harbor Division station and assaulted the desk officer who attempted to find out what he needed. Evidently the suspect managed to get the officer’s gun then pistol whipped him in the head with it, at which point the watch commander saw the attack and shot at the suspect, who ran out of the station.
The suspect reportedly also fired shots. Neither the police or the suspect’s shots injured anyone.
The officer was rushed to the hospital and, according to LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who first tweeted about the incident at 11:22 p.m., the officer, who is as yet unnamed, was in stable condition.
The chief and Los Angeles City Council member Joe Buscaino, who served as an officer with the LAPD for 15 years, each also tweeted that they were headed over to the hospital on Saturday night.
The Harbor Community Station, located at 2175 John S. Gibson Blvd. in San Pedro, has reduced hours due to COVID-19 conditions, meaning the lobby was likely closed when the attacker came into the station.
The suspect was taken into custody after a brief vehicle chase, and the injured officer’s gun was reportedly recovered in the suspect’s car.
The officer, who is a long time department veteran, is expected to recover.
Just before midnight, Chief Moore tweeted that he has spoken with the injured officer. “He is resting and will be ok. Bumps and bruises. He was not shot.”
No word as yet about the suspect’s motive.
Spoke with officer at hospital. He is resting and will be ok. Bumps and bruises. He was not shot. Harbor units responding pursued suspect and took him into custody.
— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) September 27, 2020
The shooting incident comes two weeks after a suspect ran up and ambushed two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies, shooting and wounding both deputies through the passenger side window of their patrol vehicle, as the male and female department members were sitting in the vehicle outside the metro station in Compton.
The sheriff’s deputies, who are members of the departments’ Transit Services Bureau, are now recovering and are no longer hospitalized. Yet their injuries were serious, putting both of the deputies in critical condition during the first long hours after the shooting.
More as we know it.