Police Shoot Man in South L.A. After Responding to Reports of Man With a Knife

Los Angeles police shot a man after responding to reports of a man with a knife in South Los Angeles on Thursday, officials confirmed.

A body is carried on a stretcher following a police shooting in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

A body is carried on a stretcher following a police shooting in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting took place near the intersection of 40th Place and Menlo Avenue, between Hoover Street and Vermont Avenue, in the Vermont Square neighborhood, according to Sal Ramirez, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police originally told KTLA they responded to the area around 11 a.m. after a juvenile placed a 911 call saying their mother was stabbed with a knife, Ramirez said. But later, an officer at the scene said police were called regarding a man with a knife disturbing the peace, with no mention of the 911 call.

Officers confirmed that a man was struck by police gunfire and said he was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition. He has only been described as a black adult.

Sky5 was above the scene as a body covered in a white sheet was loaded into an ambulance, and a large amount of blood could be seen spattered across a nearby sidewalk.

As many as three officers opened fire, officials said. A woman who did not want to be identified told KTLA she was inside a nearby home when she heard about 12 shots ring out in quick succession.

Police also could not confirm whether the man was in fact armed with a knife, but said they do not believe he had a gun.

No officer were injured.

"We don't know exactly what transpired. That's why detectives are here interviewing the officers," LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado said on scene.

Administrators at Manual Arts Senior High School on Vermont Avenue confirmed the school was placed on lockdown for a time because of the incident.

The incident is the second shooting involving Los Angeles police this year. Both occurred this week in South L.A. On Monday, a motorist who was allegedly armed and involved in a multivehicle crash was shot by police in the Florence neighborhood.

Authorities later told the Los Angeles Times that the 46-year-old man was killed after pushing his upper body out of his car and pointing a gun at police. The newspaper identified him as Primitivo Macias-Rogriguez Jr.