One man was detained after a police officer spotted him allegedly holding a gun in in Koreatown Monday afternoon, prompting an hourslong search for the weapon.
Los Angeles police were called to the scene about 1:30 p.m. to search for a man with a gun on Berendo Street, LAPD Officer Joel Morales said.
Officers on patrol had seen two male Hispanic “gang-member types,” one of them with a handgun, Officer Harry Cho said on scene. Officers ran after the men and a perimeter was quickly set up.
The man who was suspected of having the gun was found and detained, but officers were still searching for the other man, said Cho, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Division. The second man was believed to have escaped the perimeter, Cho said.
The perimeter was set up to search for the weapon, which the first man was believed to have discarded somehow, Cho said.
“When he fled from police, he might have hid the gun, tossed the gun, given it to someone else,” Cho said. “We’re assuming the gun is still out there … We don’t want innocent people, especially kids … getting ahold of the gun.”
A perimeter was set up encompassing encompassing Olympic Boulevard on the north, Vermont Avenue on the west, 11th Street on the south and Menlo Avenue on the east, another Olympic Division officer said at about 4:30 p.m.
An LAPD helicopter was circling overhead and multiple patrol cars were on the streets, which were blocked off with yellow tape, video from the scene showed.
Police K-9s were also being used, the video showed.
Nearby Berendo Middle School, which is not in session, was temporarily placed on a kind of self-imposed lockdown in response to the police helicopter overhead, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles Unified School District said.
KTLA’s Nidia Becerra Tijerino and Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.