A vandalism suspect who was shot and critically wounded by an LAPD officer in the Mid-Wilshire area Thursday allegedly grabbed the officer's partner's Taser and used it on the partner before the shooting, police said.
The incident occurred in the 800 block of South Sycamore Avenue (map) about 8:40 a.m., after officers were called to a vandalism report, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
They saw a man in his 30s who matched the description of a person smashing nearby storefront windows with a skateboard, police said.
Officers chased the man as he fled on a large skateboard, and when he wiped out, the officers tried to subdue him, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said on scene.
They used a Taser but the man continued to fight, Smith said. During the struggle, the man managed to "gain control" of one officer's Taser and used it on her thigh, according to Smith.
At that time, the partner officer shot the man at least once in the upper torso, Smith said.
It was not clear if the officer was still holding onto the Taser when the man allegedly used it on her.
The man was in critical condition and was transported to a local hospital, LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado said.
Both officers were injured, treated at a local clinic and released, LAPD stated in a news release posted later Thursday.
The officer who had the Taser used on her had a "burn mark, consistent with the close contact use of a Taser," the release stated.
The release described the "violent physical altercation" that led to the shooting, but cautioned that the information was preliminary.
"The Department's understanding of the incident may change as the investigation continues and additional evidence is collected and analyzed," the LAPD release stated.
Police initially said the man used a skateboard during the fight, but later said it was unclear what the man was doing with the skateboard at the time of the altercation.
Preciado said a "large skateboard" was left at the scene.
Investigators were checking the area for any possible surveillance video.
Shattered glass remained on the sidewalk in the area that had broken windows. Local residents said the neighborhood is generally quiet.
LAPD's Force Investigation Division was investigation, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a review, the police news release stated.
KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this report.