A deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was injured when his gun accidentally discharged Tuesday morning as he was in pursuit of a driver who fled in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The chase started about 3:45 a.m. when deputies spotted a green Honda that was stolen several days ago and tried to pull it over, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated.
The driver of the Honda did not stop and a 3 to 4 minute pursuit ensued before the driver finally pulled over on the southbound side of South Alameda Street near Pacific Coast Highway, Corina said.
One person, described as a Hispanic man, fled from the vehicle and ran through a nearby fence.
A deputy pursuing the man pulled out his gun while still in his vehicle and it accidentally went off as he was getting out, according to Corina.
The deputy was unable to chase the man, who was still on the loose, Corina said.
The injuries to the deputy were not life-threatening, a Sheriff's Department spokesperson told KTLA.
A woman who stayed in the vehicle was taken into custody, but was not helping investigators in their search for the man, according to Corina.
The woman had been a passenger in the vehicle, the spokesperson stated.
KTLA's Alberto Mendez and Irving Last contributed to this story.