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LAPD officer hospitalized after being struck by possibly impaired driver in South L.A.

An LAPD officer was hospitalized Monday night with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a possibly impaired motorist in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

About 5:30 p.m., officers near the 200 block of West 93rd Street were setting up a perimeter in response to reports of a man with a gun, said LAPD spokesman Mike Lopez.

A few hours later, as officers tried to keep the suspect contained inside the area, a motorist struck a police vehicle at one of the corners of the perimeter.

Officers are investigating whether the driver, a male adult, was under the influence at the time of the crash.

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Lopez said he did not know if the officer had been inside or outside the vehicle when he was injured.


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