Man in Custody After Officer Wounded in Boyle Heights Shooting

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A 21-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of shooting and wounding a Los Angeles Police Department officer during a gunbattle in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles Friday, authorities said.

Officers from a gang unit approached the man while on patrol at about 7: 10 p.m. in the area of Malabar and Fickett streets.

The man fired at an officer, wounding him in the arm, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said.

The officer returned fire but the man did not suffer any injuries, according to Moore. Police said the suspect was detained by another officer a short time later.

The wounded officer, a five-year veteran of the department, was taken to a hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Moore.

“We’re blessed tonight that this injury is not more serious and did not take his life,” the chief said at a news conference.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed several police cruisers near a store in the area where the shooting was reported.

Officers recovered a firearm believed to have been used to shoot the officer at the scene, Moore said.

No information was available on what prompted officers to approach the 21-year-old, who police say is believed to be a gang member.

The chief said the incident remains under investigation and no further details were available.

KTLA's Matt Phillips contributed to this report.

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