The shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. near Long Beach Avenue and 52nd Street, according to Los Angeles firefighters. Police said Newton area gang officers conducted a vehicle stop and the occupant in the vehicle got out and fled.
During the foot pursuit, another man appeared and shot the officer several times, police said. The officer returned fire, wounding the suspect who fired.
There has been an Officer-Involved Shooting in South LA, in the area of 52nd Street and Long Beach Avenue. A Public Information Officer is responding to the scene and we will provide more details as they become available.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 21, 2019
The unidentified LAPD officer is said to be out of surgery and in critical but stable condition. He is recovering at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
The wounded suspect was transported to a nearby hospital in unknown condition.
Police initially said two occupants were in the vehicle when officers conducted the traffic stop. Investigators reviewed evidence that led them to believe the suspect who was wounded was also the one who shot at the officer.
Police continued searching for the driver of the vehicle connected to the traffic stop, issuing a citywide tactical alert.
The search for the driver was discontinued and investigators are attempting to identify him, police said Sunday morning.