Suspect in custody after officer-involved shooting in Boyle Heights

An officer was injured during a shooting in Boyle Heights Friday night. 

The officer-involved shooting occurred at 7:10 p.m. near Malabar and North Fickett streets.

The Los Angeles Police Department says officers with the Hollenbeck Gang Unit were performing patrol activities when they stopped a pedestrian. The pedestrian then produced a gun and fired on the officers, prompting an officer-involved shooting, police said Friday night during a press conference.  

An officer was struck in the arm and taken to a hospital for treatment.

"Fortunately, our officer will survive that injury,'' LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. "I visited him... he's in good spirits, he's stabilized and we're blessed tonight that his injury was not more serious and did not take his life.''

The suspect, who was not injured, was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon on an officer. The suspect is being described only as a Hispanic male in his 20’s, he is a suspected gang member. A handgun was recovered at the scene. 

Chief Moore says the officer is a 5-year veteran with the department.