Off-Duty Officer Opens Fire Following Altercation in Hollywood, Prompting Hourslong Search

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Police searched for nearly 12 hours for a man who was involved in an altercation with an off-duty officer who  opened fire in Hollywood Wednesday morning.

An off-duty police officer was involved in a shooting in Hollywood on May 4, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

An off-duty police officer was involved in a shooting in Hollywood on May 4, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident was reported about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of North Van Ness and Franklin avenues, said Sgt. Marlon Marrache with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The off-duty officer was on his way to work when the incident occurred, Marrache said.

"We just know that he was involved in an altercation with the suspect, and it was at that time that the officer-involved shooting occurred," Marrache said.

It was unclear why the officer opened fire, but an investigation was underway, Marrache said.

A perimeter was set up as authorities tried to locate the person fired at by the officer. Marrache added that officers were searching for the shooter door by door.

Authorities said they were looking for a Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s.

The perimeter included Franklin Avenue to the north and Hollywood Boulevard to the south, as well as North Van Ness Avenue to the east and North Gower Street to the west, Marrache said. K-9 and SWAT units were called in to assist in the search, Marrache said. A handgun was found near the scene of the shooting.

Students at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School were being re-directed to Le Conte Middle School for the day due to police activity, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles School Police Department.

Just before 5 p.m., after hours of traffic backup in the area, the search concluded and streets were reopened to traffic, LAPD stated on Twitter. Police did not say if they had taken anyone into custody.

The elite Robbery-Homicide Division was handling the investigation.

KTLA's Cindy Von Quednow and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.