ECHO PARK — One man was shot by police early this morning after officers came upon a fight in the 1400 block of Sunset Boulevard, according to the LAPD.
The shooting took place at about 1 a.m. after officers got out of their vehicle and saw a man armed with a handgun, according to preliminary information provided by Capt. Phillip Smith, who heads the patrol division of the LAPD Northeast Division. The man, who was described as a Latino in his 20s, was transported to a hospital. His medical condition was unknown, Smith said.
Smith said he did not know if the man had fired his weapon. No officers or other bystanders were injured.
The fight broke among a small group between the Short Stop bar and the United Oil Gas station, said Smith. Four blocks of Sunset, from Echo Park Avenue to Douglas Street, were closed during the investigation.
Many patrons emerged from the neighborhood bars to find they could not get to their cars, which were behind police lines.
Update @ 12:22 PM: Sunset had been reopened.
Update @ 9:09 AM: Sunset remains closed between Echo Park and Quintero, the LAPD said on Twitter. A gun was recovered from the scene.
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