Three Los Angeles Police Department officers were hospitalized Wednesday night after they were shot during a confrontation with an armed parolee outside an apartment building in Lincoln Heights.
All three are expected to survive their injuries. Chief Michel Moore said their conditions are stable, but specific details about the severity of their injuries were not immediately available.
The three were alert and Mayor Karen Bass said she had a conversation with two of them at the hospital and they asked her about colleagues who were looking for the suspect.
“They weren’t concerned about themselves,” she said at a news conference.
“Our hearts go out to them for their speedy recovery and also for the trauma that their families are facing right now,” Bass said.
Officers were looking for a parolee at large at around 4 p.m. but when they found him he was barricaded in a shed and refused to obey commands to surrender, the department said.
K-9 officers were called in to help and the officers used what police described as a gas “chemical agent” in another effort to force the man to surrender.
“Unfortunately, that suspect responded to that chemical agent by opening the shed and opening fire on the officers,” hitting three of them, Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Stacy Spell said.
A lengthy standoff followed the shooting in the community east of downtown Los Angeles, where officers told NBCLA the shooter was died. It was not immediately clear how the man died.
The LAPD declared a citywide tactical alert as officers began swarming the area to find the accused gunman. A tactical alert is a preliminary step taken by authorities to mobilize personnel that includes the redistribution of on-duty individuals.
The standoff ended at about 9 p.m.
Details about the shooter’s identity were not immediately available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Source: NBC Los Angeles
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