A Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded Monday night when a man walked into the front lobby of the LAPD's West Traffic Division and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun.
Speaking to reporters outside Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday night, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the gunman engaged a male and female officer in conversation then pulled out a gun and began shooting.
"The male officer was hit… seven times; three in the vest and four times in the extremities," Beck said.
Both officers returned fire, Beck said, seriously wounding the gunman.
Beck said the wounded officer, a 7-year veteran assigned to the West Traffic Division, was in good spirits. KTLA reported the suspect was in critical condition Tuesday morning.
The wounded officer was not in fact wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the incident and it's unclear how many times he was shot. The alleged shooter has been identified as Daniel C. Yealu, 29, of Los Angeles, reports KTLA.