A gunman in the back of a stolen vehicle opened fire on pursuing officers, prompting a police cruiser to crash in Highland Park early Monday morning.
The incident began about 12:10 a.m. when the officers came encountered a stolen white Honda Civic with two male occupants in the area of Figueroa Street and Echo Street, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.
As they were following the Civic, someone inside opened fire on the police vehicle and a car-to-car officer-involved shooting occurred, Montgomery said.
Officers began to pursue the Civic but hit a parked vehicle near the intersection of Avenue 50 and Aldama Street.
The stolen vehicle was abandoned a short distance away and responding officers were able to take the two men into custody.
One of the men suffered an unknown injury and was taken to a hospital in stable condition, Montgomery said.
Police set up a perimeter following the pursuit but were not searching for any outstanding suspects.
“We believe we have all suspects involved in this incident in custody,” Montgomery said.
Police did not say what type of gun was used in the incident but did say a weapon was recovered.
Montgomery described the car-to-car shooting as especially dangerous. “All officer-involved shootings are dangerous, but car to car, it just adds another level of danger to what these officers are facing out here on the streets today,” he said.
No officers were injured in the incident.