The incident happened near Chandler Boulevard and Tyrone Avenue while officers were investigating a domestic incident at about 11 p.m. Friday.
Police said the officer was approaching a man in a Mercedes, when the man tried to run down the officer with the car.
The officer was not hurt, but the incident sparked a manhunt in the area. The search lasted for several hours, but police did not find the suspect.
If you have any information that could help officers find that driver, you're urged to call (877) LAPD-24-7 or (877) 527-3247.