LOS ANGELES — Three officers with the Los Angeles Police Department were wounded Wednesday during a shootout with a suspect, authorities said.
The officers were wounded at about 6 p.m. PST as a SWAT team surrounded a residence in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Update 2:05 a.m. EST March 9: The suspect was found dead several hours later, KTLA-TV reported.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the shooting stemmed from a search for a parolee at large, LAPD Assistant Chief Al Labrada said at a news conference late Wednesday.
Officers had used tear gas on the subject when he allegedly refused to comply with commands, and the man fired at law enforcement officials, according to the newspaper.
“At one point during the search, the suspect exited and fired at the officers, wounding three ... who are now listed in stable condition,” Labrada told reporters.
Three L.A. police officers were shot Wednesday night in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to a police official https://t.co/oce9fA03lE— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 9, 2023
Original report: Officials with the LAPD confirmed to KTLA-TV that two of the victims were patrol officers, while the other was a K-9 unit officer.
#UPDATE: Officials with LAPD confirmed that three officers were shot and transported to County USC Hospital. Sky5 is over the scene of the barricade situation. https://t.co/zKT7cEUj45— KTLA (@KTLA) March 9, 2023
The suspected shooter was described by officials as “a violent felony suspect,” according to the Times. It was unclear what crime had been committed.
The wounded officers are expected to survive, according to the newspaper. That was confirmed to KCAL-TV by a source at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene and is barricaded somewhere in the area. according to KABC-TV.
Police did not release any other information.