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LAPD officer shot with crossbow during barricade in North Hollywood

A Los Angeles police cruiser sits in Hollywood.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

An LAPD officer was injured Sunday night after being struck by an arrow fired from a crossbow during a standoff with a man in North Hollywood, authorities said.

Officers were initially called to a residence on Bakman Avenue near Ostego Street around 6:45 p.m. after reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. Police were alerted to a man wielding a rifle.

The LAPD’s North Hollywood Division urged residents of the area’s Arts District to stay inside as officers negotiated with the man, who had barricaded himself in his home.

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SWAT was called to the scene, and officers were in the process of evacuating the building at about 10:30 p.m. when the man fired a crossbow at police, LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said.

Officers returned fire but did not strike the man, authorities said.

“SWAT officers then deployed a chemical agent,” Eisenman said, “at which time the suspect exited his apartment and was taken into custody.”

The wounded officer was treated at a local hospital and released, police said.

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Neither the suspect nor the wounded officer have been identified.

LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, which handles all incidents that involve use of deadly force by officers, is investigating, Eisenman said.


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