A Los Angeles Police Department officer was apparently shot by a fellow officer in Hollywood Wednesday afternoon while responding to a suicidal man who was allegedly armed with scissors, Chief Michel Moore said.
The incident began about 2 p.m. in a residence along the 1110 block of North Wilton Place when police responded to a call about a man threatening suicide with kitchen scissors.
The 33-year-old man had a Rottweiler with him when officers arrived, and his wife, mother-in-law and three small children were inside the home, Moore said.
During an encounter, a female officer was struck by gunfire in the wrist, but it is unclear what led to the shooting. At some point, a fire extinguisher was used, apparently to try and control the dog. The officer had residue from the extinguisher on her boots, Moore said.
“At this point we believe this is possibly the result of friendly fire,” the chief told reporters at the scene. He added that it is unclear if the officer who shot the gun was responding to the dog or “the actions of the subject.”
The dog was also injured during the incident, but it is unclear if it suffered a puncture wound from the scissors or gunshot wounds. It was taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment.
The injured officer is expected to make a full recovery, Moore said.
The man and his family were not injured during the incident. He was taken into custody for an evaluation.
No further details about the incident were provided. Bodycam video of the incident will eventually be released, Moore said.
Video from the scene showed a large police presence and the area was cordoned off for the investigation. Officials remained on scene at 6 p.m.
Important note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911. Additionally, the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.