A Los Angeles Police Department officer was released from the hospital Saturday after being shot in Boyle Heights the night before, the department said.
The officer assigned to a gang unit was on patrol when he approached a 21-year-old man at about 7:10 p.m. Friday in the area of Malabar and Fickett streets. The man, who has not been identified, fired at the officer, striking him in the arm, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said.
Another officer apprehended the suspect after an exchange of gunfire with the wounded officer.
“We’re blessed tonight that this injury is not more serious and did not take his life,” the chief said at a Friday news conference.
The suspected shooter, who was not identified, was not injured during the gunbattle, according to Moore.
A photo released by the department Saturday appears to show the wounded officer being wheeled out of the hospital to a patrol car with several police officers standing by his side.
“Last night was a sobering reminder of the dangers police officers face when they put on the uniform — but they never shy away from protecting and serving their communities,” LAPD said on Instagram.
Authorities did not release the wounded officer’s name, but described him as a five-year veteran of the department.
It’s unclear what prompted officers to approach the 21-year-old Friday. The man was described as a suspected gang member and police said they recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation and no further details were available.