LOS ANGELES — The shooting ambush of two undercover detectives outside the Wilshire Division station Tuesday morning “was a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people who protect this community,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
Police stations across Los Angeles beefed up security after the detectives were fired upon. The officers are in “good spirits” and have returned to duty after suffering only minor injuries, Beck said at the start of a weekly address to the police commission.
The detectives returned fire but the suspect or suspects got away.
More than a dozen shots were fired during the gun battle. One detective suffered a minor head injury either from a bullet or shattered glass and the other detective suffered a minor injury to his hand, officials said. Both detectives were treated at a hospital and released and were aiding in the search. The two, whose names have not been released, have been on the force for 11 and 20 years, respectively, and were returning from an assignment, police said.
Given the location of the shooting, police said they believed the shooter knew he was targeting police.
The manhunt was continuing in Mid-City. All of the LAPD’s K-9 units were dispatched to assist in the search, along with four canine teams from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.