Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were hospitalized Friday evening after an exchange of gunfire in Boyle Heights that left a man dead, officials said.
The policemen, one of whom was shot in the shoulder, were in stable condition, Sgt. Frank Preciado said during a news conference at the scene, near the intersection of Seventh and Lorena streets. The second officer suffered a back strain.
The incident began when the officers, who were conducting a gang-suppression patrol in the area, attempted to conduct a pedestrian stop for an unknown reason, the sergeant said. A short foot pursuit ensued, and a shooting occurred when the man produced a firearm, according to Preciado.
The officer wounded by gunfire was rushed to the hospital in a police car, the Los Angeles Times reported. The man shot by police was pronounced dead at the location, where a handgun was recovered, the LAPD said. News video showed his sheet-covered body on the street.
The officers were each wearing body cameras, whose video had not yet been viewed by investigators, Preciado said.
Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters at the scene that he had visited the wounded officer at the hospital, describing him as a husband, father and “very tough young man,” according to The Times.
“I worry about this every night,” Beck said. “We’re very, very, very lucky that we didn’t lose a Los Angeles police officer.”
The incident was being reviewed by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, Preciado said.
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