The injured officer was hospitalized with what Chief Michel Moore described as bumps and bruises.
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“He’s resting and will be fine,” Moore tweeted early Sunday.
The incident inside the port station in the Sen Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles took place on Saturday night. The suspect entered the lobby and an officer came out to speak to him.
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“It turned into some kind of altercation,” Moore said at a press conference outside the hospital where the officer was being treated. “During this altercation, it appears at this very early stage that the officer’s weapon was taken from him and bullets were fired by the individual at the officer.
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Deputy Police Chief Horace Frank told the Los Angeles Times that the station guard commander heard noises and saw the suspect grabbed the officer’s pistol and hit him. The watch commander then shot the suspect, Frank said.
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The suspect has not been identified. Moore said he was around 29 years old.
The incident came two weeks after two Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies were ambushed while sitting in their police vehicle in Compton, about 15 miles north of San Pedro.
The police sustained serious gunshot wounds but both were released from the hospital. The shooter was not arrested.
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