A man was hospitalized Thursday after being shot and wounded early that morning by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.
The shooting occurred at around 2:05 am at the Palms Motel, 8400 blocks on Figueroa Street and 83rd Street, said Assistant Morgan Arteaga of the Los Angeles Sheriffs’ Department Information Office.
The sheriff’s murder detectives are investigating the shooting to determine what led to the shooting and whether the use of force was warranted.
According to Lt. Hugo Reynaga saw two policemen acting suspicious of the man in the motel parking lot. When these MPs tried to contact the man, he ran into a room on the second floor.
MPs followed, but the motel room door was locked. The man stayed in the room, according to Reynaga.
The man then produced a gun “threateningly,” said Reynaga, on the motel catwalk in front of his room, whereupon one of the MPs fired three or four shots at the man.
The man’s wounds were not life-threatening, Reynaga said, and he was rushed to hospital for treatment and discharged.
The suspect was booked by LASD at a station in South LA, according to Reynaga.
No MPs were injured.
Figueroa Street was closed for investigations between Manchester North and the 85th Street area from 6 a.m. The closure affected students, parents and teachers trying to get to the 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 requested from Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.