LAPD Officer Injured While Responding to Man With Gun in Wilmington; 1 Suspect Dead

A Los Angeles police officer was hurt while responding to a man with a gun call in Wilmington, police said.

Although officials initially reported the incident as an officer shot while responding to a shooting in progress, the officer was not struck with a bullet but was otherwise injured, said Josh Rubenstein, public information director for the Los Angeles Police Department.

“They are doing hero’s work every single night, and when that call comes out it is the absolute worst thing that anybody can hear," Rubenstein said. "Thank goodness, that is not what happened.”

The officer, who has not been identified, responded to the incident near the intersection of Wilmington Boulevard and the Pacific Coast Highway around 8:50 p.m., according to Officer Mike Lopez with LAPD media relations.

An officer involved shooting broke out when the officer arrived on scene. Although the officer was injured with what he thought was a gunshot wound, that's not what the injury turned out to be, Rubenstein said.

The officer was transported to UCLA Harbor Medical Center in stable condition, police said.

The suspect was dead at the scene, according to police. While officials initially reported there was a second suspect in custody, no such person existed.

No further details were immediately available.