Man Wounded in Officer-Involved Shooting in Harbor City

The man was shot after he went into a "shooting-type stance," but it was not known whether he was armed, police said

By Christina Cocca
|  Thursday, Aug 1, 2013  |  Updated 5:22 AM PDT
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Officer-Involved Shooting Wounds Man

The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating an officer-involved shooting after a man was wounded during the shooting in Harbor City Wednesday night.

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An investigation was underway Thursday into the police shooting in Harbor City of a masked man who was shot after he assumed a "shooting-type stance" while officers tried to detain him, police said.

No officers were injured in the shooting, which happened about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Belle Porte Avenue, said Officer Gregory Baek of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Plainclothes officers saw the man "walking on the street, acting somewhat erratically, wearing a mask," LAPD Lt. Jeffrey Pailet said.

The officers believed the man was possibly about the commit a robbery or other crime, so uniformed patrol officers responded to the scene and tried to detain the man, Pailet said.

The man did not comply with the officers and went into a "shooting-type stance," when the officers then fired at him, police said.

The man was struck several times, given medical aid and taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, Pailet said.

Video from the scene showed evidence markers lining the street and sidewalk in front of a motorcycle shop, which was closed at the time of the shooting.

"The suspect has an extensive criminal history," Pailet said.

The shooting is being investigated by the LAPD Force Investigation Division. Police did not immediately say if the suspect had been armed.

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