The incident occurred after the officer, who was engaged on desk operations, tried to supply help to the suspect, who had walked into the station’s foyer, LAPD Chief Michel Moore instructed reporters within the early hours of Sunday morning.
The dialogue escalated into an altercation and it seems the suspect took the officer’s gun from him and commenced firing, Moore mentioned.
The officer was not struck by gunfire, however he’s at present within the hospital recovering from accidents which are in step with being “pistol whipped,” Moore mentioned.
The suspect fled after the watch commander, who heard the commotion arrived on the scene and “an officer-involved taking pictures occurred,” Moore mentioned.
The suspect, who Moore mentioned was not struck, fled in a white pick-up truck and was pursued by further officers. One other altercation broke out earlier than they have been in a position to take him into custody, Moore mentioned. The suspect is being handled for accidents however is anticipated to be launched and charged within the incident, Moore mentioned.
“I’m grateful that the officer who was on this incident tonight, who was working the desk, got here out to help this particular person to grasp what his wants have been that he survived and that in this engagement that he didn’t lose his life,” Moore mentioned. “He didn’t undergo the damage that apparently this suspect meant to inflict.”
Moore mentioned he expects further info to be launched within the coming hours because the investigation continues. The District Legal professional’s workplace can even examine due to the officer-involved taking pictures.