Los Angeles police investigating a narcotics case in Van Nuys shot and wounded a suspect and detained two others on Sunday, officials said.
The shooting happened as undercover officers in plain clothes approached three men in the alley behind a Motel 6, located in the 13500 block of Sherman Way by Woodman Avenue, according to authorities.
A male suspect hit during the gunfire was taken to a hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition, LAPD officials said. No officers were hurt.
Authorities took two other suspects into custody in the area, police said. They also reported recovering a handgun at the scene.
Earlier, police said they set up a search perimeter as they sought a second suspect.
Such a narcotics investigation is not uncommon in the area, according to police and people who live nearby.
One woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said she has called police several times due to the "constant drug activity and prostitution" around the motel.
"They never show up. It takes them three or four hours to respond," she said. She hopes authorities will take more "serious action" as she claims the "constant" illicit activity has been going on for at least three years.
"We do know that there is always a lot of narcotics in this general area," LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters as police continued to investigate Sunday.
According to LAPD, officers not in uniform aren't equipped with body cameras. They also don't have recording devices from their vehicles, the agency said.
But obtaining surveillance video in the area could shed light on exactly how the shooting unfolded, authorities said.
The Police Department's force investigation division has launched a probe into the case.
Authorities provided no further information.
KTLA's Marissa Wenzke contributed to this report.