The incident began about 4:30 a.m., when officers responded to a call of a possibly suicidal man in the area of Victory Boulevard and Gaviota Avenue, according to Josh Rubenstein of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers found the man waving the gun in an alley and the officer-involved shooting occurred shortly afterward, Rubenstein said.
UPDATE: Regarding last nights Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division, it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer’s gunfire. The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 7, 2018
Authorities initially said the suspect was struck by police gunfire and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was in stable condition.
No officers were injured in the shooting. A witness said he heard about seven gunshot during the ordeal.
"I heard what I thought were gunshots, so I wondered if it was more fireworks. I wasn't really sure, but it sounded different," said Lake Balboa resident Jerry Zemlicka.
Detectives were looking into whether the incident was a suicide-by-cop attempt.
An investigation was ongoing, and a handgun was recovered at the scene, police said.