RESEDA (CNS) - A Los Angeles police officer was injured today when a suspect who had allegedly shot and wounded another man fired at the officer's patrol car as he was responding to the scene in Reseda.
Officers went to the 7100 block of Yolanda Avenue about 9:40 a.m. on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
``As they responded, the radio call was upgraded, saying that an individual was there, armed with a handgun, and also had a pitbull with him,'' according to LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.
``As the officers arrived, they located a victim who had been shot once in the arm and once in the leg,'' Smith said. ``So, we had a victim that had been shot.
``The officers were directed by citizens nearby to an individual who was running away,'' Smith said. ``They confronted that individual. That individual turned and fired multiple rounds at our police officers and their vehicle.
``One officer sustained an injury to his right arm,'' Smith said. ``Right now, we're not sure exactly if the injury was caused by a bullet, or a bullet fragment or a fragment from the vehicle. That officer was transported to a local hospital in good condition. The suspect was taken into custody.''
Smith said it was unclear if any officers returned fire. The name of the 49-year-old suspect was not immediately released. The man was armed with a handgun, which was recovered, Smith said. The victim of the shooting was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, Smith said.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck wrote on his Twitter page, ``Thankful our LAPD officer will be okay. He is in good spirits. Please keep him in your thoughts as he recovers.''
Smith said the relationship between the suspect and the victim in the original shooting was not immediately known.