An off duty Los Angeles police officer was shot multiple times by a suspect who broke into his private vehicle at his apartment complex in Sherman Oaks.
Shortly before 2:30 pm on Wednesday LAPD responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon. The off duty officer was with a woman as they were walking to his personal vehicle inside the locked parking garage at the complex where the officer lives. The officer noticed a man inside his personal vehicle.
The individual inside was wearing the officer’s bullet proof vest and had gained access to the officer’s gun. The officer confronted the suspect which resulted in a gun battle between the two.
The suspect used the officer’s weapon that was inside the vehicle and the officer returned fire using his backup gun. The battle eventually moved from the parking garage onto the street.
Once the suspect was shot, the officer retrieved his bullet proof vest and weapon from the suspect.
Today @ approx 2:25 p.m. Patrol officers responded to a radio call of “Shot Fired” @ the 5200 Block of Vesper Avenue in Van Nuys. The officers found an off-duty LAPD officer with gunshot wounds @ scene as well as a male Hispanic suspect also suffering from gunshot wounds.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 29, 2021
“The officer goes back to his vehicle inside the subterranean garage, rejoins the other individual he was there with and places those guns next to the vehicle and collapses,” – LAPD Chief Michel Moore
The officer sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and one gunshot wound to his thigh. He was transported to a local hospital and immediately went into surgery. The officer is reportedly in stable condition.
The suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his shoulder, arm, and leg and was also transported to a nearby hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
At this time neither the suspect or officer have been identified. The suspect is currently in police custody. The woman who was with the officer was not injured during the altercation.
It appears that the burglary was random and that the officer was not targeted.