A 28-year-old man was arrested a few hours after he was allegedly involved in a shootout with undercover officers from a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) narcotics unit in Venice Thursday, January 26th, police said.
No one was injured in the incident, which began at about 6:40 p.m.
Plain-clothes LAPD narcotics officers were conducting an undercover operation in the area of Sixth and Brooks Avenues when they observed a suspect allegedly involved in a narcotics transaction, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said.
The undercover officers followed the suspect to the area of Sixth Avenue and Indiana Court while they awaited the arrival of uniformed officers to make an arrest, Vernon said.
The suspect, identified as Marcel Johnson, then allegedly pulled a handgun out of his waistband and began to shoot at the undercover officers, Vernon said.
The officers returned fire but no one was hit, he said.
The suspect then allegedly fled on foot eastbound through an alley.
Police encircled the area and called for a canine unit to help search for the suspect.
The canine unit located the suspect at about 9 p.m. close to the location of the shootout incident, Vernon said.
Johnson, who sustained a minor laceration due to contact with the canine, was taken into custody and booked for a parolee at-large warrant, Vernon said.
An assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer charge is pending, he said.