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Search for Officer's Shotgun Turns Up Empty in South LA

The gun fell off the back of a police motorcycle on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, officials say

A search for an officer's loaded shotgun turned up empty Thursday night nearly 12 hours after the weapon fell off a police motorcycle in South Los Angeles.

The search temporarily shut down streets near W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near South Normandie Avenue in South LA, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

An officer noticed his loaded shotgun had fallen out of its motorcycle holster, prompting dozens of officers to scour the area in search of the weapon.

"They'll be an investigation to determine (how the shotgun fell off), but we believe it was a defective lock in some way," an officer told NBC4.

During the search, one officer was bitten by a police K-9. He later underwent surgery and was recovering Thursday night.

South LA residents said they were sure police wouldn't find the gun in that area.

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