A man was hospitalized Thursday after he was shot and wounded by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy in the early morning.
The shooting occurred at approximately 2:05 a.m. at the Palms Motel in the 8400 block of Figueroa Street and 83rd Street, said Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' Department's Information Bureau.
Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the shooting to determine what led to the shooting and whether the use of force was justified.
According to Lt. Hugo Reynaga, two patrol deputies saw the man acting suspiciously in the parking lot of the motel. When those deputies went to make contact with the man, he ran up to a room on the second floor.
Deputies followed, but the door to the motel room was locked. The man was staying in the room, according to Reynaga.
The man then produced a gun "in a threatening manner" while on the catwalk of the motel outside his room, Reynaga said, at which point one of the deputies fired three or four rounds at the man.
The man's wounds were not life threatening, Reynaga said, and he was transported to the hospital for treatment and released.
The suspect was booked by the LASD at a South LA station, according to Reynaga.
No deputies were injured.
Figueroa Street was closed for the investigation between Manchester North to the 85th street area as of 6 a.m. The closure affected students, parents and teachers attempting to get to nearby school.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.