Friendly Fire Being Investigated After Man-With-Knife Call Ends in O.C. Police Shooting; Suspect, 2 Officers Hospitalized

Two officers were wounded during a man-with-a-knife call that ended in a police shooting in Huntington Beach Thursday morning.

Two officers were injured responding to a man with a knife call in Huntington Beach on Sept. 7, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Two officers were injured responding to a man with a knife call in Huntington Beach on Sept. 7, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The officers responded to the intersection of Delaware Street and Toronto Avenue about 7:08 a.m. after a man was reported to be slashing tires in the area, Huntington Beach Police Department spokeswoman Angie Bennett said.

Shortly after the officers arrived at the scene, an altercation took place and gunfire broke out, striking all three men, Police Chief Robert Handy said.

One officer was shot in the upper extremities, and the other in the lower extremities, he said.

Both were taken to the hospital in stable condition, and one has since been released. The other was expected to be released later on Thursday, according to Handy.

The man with a knife was also struck by the gunfire and taken to a hospital in stable condition, Bennett said.

Only a knife was recovered from the scene, Handy said, and police are investigating the possibility that the officers were struck by friendly fire.

There was no immediate word on what prompted the shooting. No other suspects were involved, officials said.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang and Erika Martin contributed to this report.