Search for Gunman in North Hollywood Ends Without Arrest

The hunt evacuated residents within the span of the search

By Gadi Schwartz and Christina Cocca
|  Friday, Oct 18, 2013  |  Updated 7:05 AM PDT
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An LAPD officer was hurt Thursday night during while trying to catch an alleged man with a gun. An hours-long manhunt shuttered eight blocks in North Hollywood but ended without an arrest. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2013.

Gadi Schwartz, Sue Monroe

An LAPD officer was hurt Thursday night during while trying to catch an alleged man with a gun. An hours-long manhunt shuttered eight blocks in North Hollywood but ended without an arrest. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2013.

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A police officer was hurt Thursday night during a massive manhunt for a possible gunman that stretched over eight city blocks in North Hollywood.

Eight blocks around Magnolia Boulevard near Riverton Avenue were closed as police sought a man who they said was armed and extremely dangerous.

The Los Angeles Police Department Crime Suppression Unit deployed additional officers near Magnolia Boulevard and Vineland Avenue Thursday night when they detained a person of interest in a crime, according to a watch commander at the LAPD North Hollywood Station.

The man pointed a gun at police as he was being detained and then fled, initiating a foot pursuit by police, officials said. The man dropped the gun during the chase, which police later recovered.

Officers with K9s went door-to-door on Harmony Avenue for two hours trying to find the man but eventually called off the search.

Police did not release a description of the wanted man.

An officer hurt himself during the foot pursuit, and he was taken to the hospital with non-life threatning injuries.

Residents in the search area were displaced for hours, but were allowed to return home by 11 p.m.

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