Suspect armed with knife wounded in Westlake District officer-involved shooting

WESTLAKE DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A suspect who police said as armed with a knife was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in the Westlake District early Saturday.

Authorities said the incident happened around 2:45 a.m. in the area of 7th Street and Union Avenue. Los Angeles Unified School District had two officers in the area and they came in contact with a man armed with a knife.

The officers fired nonlethal bean bag rounds to stop the suspect, but he ran away. After a short foot chase, the officers and suspect ended up back in the same area.

Los Angeles police Lt. Chris Ramirez said officers filed a second round of bean bags, but eventually the encounter led to an officer-involved shooting.

The suspect was struck, taken into custody and then transported to a hospital, where he underwent surgery, Ramirez said. The suspect's condition was unknown.

The incident happened near a middle school, but authorities said the shooting did not occur anywhere on campus.

The shooting is being investigated by the LAPD and school police.
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