A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly shooting a Los Angeles police officer driving to work on Friday morning, officials said.
An officer in plainclothes was driving his civilian vehicle to the Newton Community Police Station around 5 a.m. in downtown Los Angeles’s historic district on Friday morning when his window suddenly exploded, cops said.
“While crossing the intersection, he realizes or hears that the window of his vehicle has shattered. Then he felt a sharp pain in the back of his head, ”Deputy Chief Robert Marino said at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Marino said the officer, an unidentified 20-year-old veteran, continued to drive to the police station, a few blocks from where he was shot, and ran across the street to ‘at the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Once there, LAFD officers treated him with assistance and stabilized him before transferring him to USC Medical Center where he is recovering with his family, he said.
“I am happy to report that he is in stable condition. He is not seriously injured and he will be fine, ”said Marino.
Officers responding to the shooting discovered a young man in the immediate vicinity with a handgun. He is handled by the thefts and homicides division of the department. The cops continue to survey the area for witnesses and images.
The deputy chief said there was “no indication that he has been targeted at this point.”
He said it was not clear if there were other suspects involved.
“Recognizing that our officer will survive this unprovoked attack,” said LAPD chief Michael Moore. Tweeted Friday. “I just spoke to him on the phone. Our robbery detectives are investigating and I am confident they will identify the person (s) responsible. Too many weapons in too many hands.