Man held in running down LAPD undercover officer with SUV

After a massive search, Los Angeles police apprehended a man who ran down a plainclothes narcotics officer with his SUV in Granada Hills on Thursday, police said.

The incident happened around midday in the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue. The driver struck the officer before leaving his vehicle and running into the nearby neighborhood, police said. The car ended up on a sidewalk, facing into bushes.


Police set up a perimeter from Woodley Avenue on the west to Haskell Avenue on the east, Index Street to the north and the 118 Freeway to the south. Residents had been told to stay indoors.

The officer suffered a major lower-body fracture in the hit-and-run that police were calling assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot-6 black male weighing 190 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a maroon sweater with gray sleeves, said Officer Jack Richter.

The LAPD's Valley Bureau went on modified tactical alert after the incident, which means officers from prior shifts continue to work.

Video from the scene showed the officer being treated by paramedics. An ambulance responded to the scene.

Police did not know whether the suspect was part of any case the officer was working on.

Three schools in the immediate neighborhood had been on lockdown during the search.

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