Los Angeles police officers investigate a shooting in South Central Los Angles on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A man fired a rifle at two officers in a patrol car on Sunday night.
Los Angeles Police have detained one person and are still searching for a second after two officers were the targets of gunfire in a south Los Angeles neighborhood Sunday night in an unprovoked attack, LAPD said.
The officers reported that they heard gunshots and saw muzzle flashes — the burst of light that accompanies a gunshot — as several rounds were fired at their patrol car around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, LAPD spokeswoman Officer Liliana Preciado told HDT. At least one of the officers returned fire, but no injuries were reported.
Preciado said a gun that police believe was used by the assailants was found at the scene. LAPD has arrested one man in connection with the attack, though no charges have been filed, and investigators are searching for another male suspect based on descriptions given by the officers.
Immediately after the incident, LAPD cordoned off the surrounding city blocks just west of the 110 freeway as officers began an extensive search for the perpetrators. A citywide tactical alert was issued to direct all available police resources to the search and keep extra officers on standby. The alert was later lifted Monday morning.
Police departments across the country have been on edge in the wake of the murder of two New York police officers who were ambushed by a gunman in Brooklyn earlier this month.
The shooting led to increased tension between New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and New York police unions, who accuse de Blasio of creating a dangerous environment for police by publicly supporting the police brutality protests following two separate grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island.
One similar demonstration drew several thousand protesters in Los Angeles on Saturday. The protest focused on the killing of Ezell Ford, a mentally ill man who was shot dead by LAPD last August.
Ford's autopsy report, which was released Monday, showed that he was shot three times — and one of those shots was in the back.
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