The LAPD told City News Service that an officer discharged a firearm while trying to take the suspect into custody around 2:30 p.m. but there were no injuries. It wasn't immediately clear if the storefront windows had been damaged by gunfire.
There were no injuries reported but a handgun was recovered after a large Los Angeles Police Department presence descended on Main Street near 11th Street just before 3 p.m.
A woman was seen handcuffed and taken into custody at the scene. No paramedics were seen treating anybody at the scene.
There were at least two or more storefront glass windows that had large holes smashed out of them.
The incident began when downtown security officers flagged down LAPD to report a robbery in progress near 11th and Main streets, the LAPD said.