“Person of Interest” Detained After Officer Seriously Hurt by SUV

The narcotics officer was "conscious and breathing" after a collision on a San Fernando Valley street

Police took someone into custody Thursday afternoon after a traffic collision in the San Fernando Valley that seriously injured a narcotics officer and sent a sport utility vehicle onto a sidewalk.

The narcotics officer, who was "conscious and breathing" during transport, was in serious, but stable condition Thursday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police initially received a call of "officer needs help" in the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue after a traffic collision in the Granada Hills area. Aerial video showed a red sport utility vehicle that appeared to have crashed onto a sidewalk and into a fence in front of a house.

Several patrol vehicles and an ambulance responded to the location at Haskell Avenue and Tulsa Street, near the 118 Freeway.

The LAPD said the case involves an assault with a deadly weapon, possibly the SUV that struck the officer.

The subject was described by police as 5-foot-6, 190 pounds and wearing blue jeans and a maroon sweater with gray sleeves. Police closed nearby streets in the neighborhood as they conducted a search.

Police detained a "person of interest" about 3:15 p.m., LAPD said.

Kennedy High School, Porter Middle School, and Danube and Haskell elementary schools were on lockdown, but some of the campuses reopened at midday.

Several residents were waiting to return to their homes during the manhunt. The LAPD Valley Bureau is on a modified tactical alert, meaning officers will remain on duty until given the all clear.

NBC4's Nyree Arabian contributed to this report.

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