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Five arrested after undercover officer is shot in the face with paintballs in South L.A.

Five people were arrested late Monday on suspicion of using a paintball gun to shoot an undercover police officer in South Los Angeles.

Undercover officers with the Los Angeles Police Department had pulled over a vehicle on Hoover Street and Manchester Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. when an SUV drove by and shot a paintball gun out the window. A female officer was struck, LAPD Officer Greg Kraft said.

OnScene.TV reported the officer was working a prostitution sting and was shot in the face with the paintball pellets, but police could not confirm that information.

Officers pulled over the vehicle nearby and held the occupants at gunpoint as they exited the SUV. Five people were taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Kraft said. Their names were not immediately released.

hannah.fry@latimes.com

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