1 Arrested, 1 Sought in LAPD Officer Shooting

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) -- Police have arrested one suspect and are searching for at least one more in connection with the shooting of an LAPD officer in South Los Angeles.

The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. Thursday near 70th Street and Western Avenue.

Authorities say two officers from the 77th Street station were questioning pedestrians about a rash of car break-ins when a group of suspects opened fire.

As many as 15 rounds were fired at the officers, LAPD spokesman Richard French said.

One officer was hit at least three times, and taken to California Hospital in serious condition.

Two shots hit the officer in the chest, but were absorbed by his protective vest, according to French.

The officer also suffered a wound to his hand.

Doctors at California Hospital in downtown Los Angeles said the officer underwent "very successful hand surgery" Friday morning.

The officer has not been identified, but he is said to be a 7-year-veteran of the force who recently got married.

Doctors say he is eager to return to his job, and will likely do so after therapy.

The second officer was not injured.

LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck says one suspect has been arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on an officer. Investigators also recovered a gun used in the shooting.

Authorities say they are searching for at least one more suspect.

The suspects were described black males approximately 18 to 25 years old. One of the men was wearing a white shirt and black pants, and the other had on a white shirt with blue long sleeves and dark pants.

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