Two Los Angeles police detectives were shot in an ambush in the mid-city area outside a police station on Tuesday morning, according to reports.
The shooting took place at 4:30 a.m. near San Vicente and Venice boulevards, reported CBS Los Angeles, citing the city’s fire department.
The shooting prompted a 25-block search for the suspect, the Los Angeles Police Department told NBC Los Angeles.
“They were undercover officers working the burglary task force here out of the Wilshire station. They pulled up to the front of the gate and as they were opening the gate, from directly behind them, somebody for some reason opened fire on their car, striking it many times,” police Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the station.
The two detectives fired back before they were taken to a nearby hospital. They were treated for minor head and hand injuries before the hospital released them.
At least one suspect wearing dark clothing was able to flee the scene on foot.
Smith told KTLA-TV that three people were detained in connection with the shooting.
“We’re holding them pending identification from the two officers who were involved,” said Smith.