Investigators served search warrants Monday and continued looking for two people believed to be involved in a shooting that injured two LAPD officers who were thought to have been targeted in South L.A.'s Florence neighborhood, a detective said.
The undercover narcotics officers were driving an unmarked police vehicle near West 65th Street and Broadway (map) Sunday evening when they were injured, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar said.
One officer was treated at the scene while the second was taken to a hospital to remove bullet fragments from his arm, Aguilar said. The second officer has been released from the hospital.
Firefighters were called to a report of a shooting at the scene at 6:11 p.m., a Fire Department representative said.
Investigators believed the officers were targeted, but were trying to determine why.
“We don’t believe that they were caught in cross fire. We do believe that their vehicle was fired upon. What we can’t determine at this point is why they were fired upon," Aguilar said.
Three people were detained following the shooting, and investigators were trying to determine their role in the incident and if they could be booked, Aguilar said.
Several search warrants were also being served on West 65th Street, which remained closed to the public Monday. Aguilar said she expected the street to reopen later Monday.
The officers worked at the LAPD’s 77th Street Division, a desk officer confirmed.
Sunday's shooting occurred very close to the site where two LAPD officers on Aug. 11 fatally shot 25-year-old Ezell Ford, an unarmed man who was described by his family as having mental health issues. Ford's death, which came shortly after that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted protests and calls for reform.
Hours after the Sunday shooting, a man who was possibly under the influence drove through a police perimeter around the area where the officers were shot earlier, LAPD Sgt. Rudy Alaniz said.
The driver nearly struck an officer before taking off around 2:15 a.m., leading to a pursuit that ended in Valley Glen.
The man then fled on foot before police K-9s were deployed, and he was located and arrested, Sgt. Cory Meisner said.
KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.