LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of breaking windows with a skateboard was shot and critically wounded by police Thursday after he shocked an officer with the officer’s Taser, authorities said.
The man remained hospitalized. His name was not immediately released.
A report that a man was using a skateboard to break storefront windows sent officers to the Mid-Wilshire area shortly after 8:30 a.m., according to a police statement.
They spotted a man matching the suspect’s description but he fled on a skateboard.
The officers caught up with him after he jumped or fell off of the skateboard and a fight began.
An officer used a Taser on the man but it failed to subdue him, police said.
During the scuffle, the man managed to grab the stun gun and shock an officer in the leg. The officer’s partner then opened fire, the police statement said.
Both officers were treated for injuries.
Patrick Comiskey told the Los Angeles Times that he saw two officers on the steps of a building trying to subdue a man who appeared to be homeless. He said it looked as though they were trying to put the man’s arms behind his back.
Comiskey said he didn’t hear any words exchanged. At one point, an officer reached behind his back.
Comiskey said he thought the officer was reaching for handcuffs but then heard a gunshot.
“It was point-blank,” Comiskey said.
It was the sixth shooting by police or sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County in the past week. Five of those shootings were fatal.