LAPD officer shot dead near Newton station, rushed to hospital

A Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded near LAPD’s Newton station in southern LA Thursday morning, officials said.

The circumstances that led to the shooting, which occurred shortly after 5 a.m. near South Central Avenue and 34th Street, were not immediately clear, LAPD captain Stacy Spell said. The officer was gunned down on his way to work, Spell said.

The male officer, who has not been identified, was able to go to the nearby fire station for medical treatment and then was rushed to hospital. He was first described as being in stable condition, authorities said.

A 14-year-old teenager has been arrested in connection with the shooting a few blocks away at East 29th Street and Naomi Avenue, a police source close to the investigation told The Times. The source spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Images taken near the police station showed a pickup truck with damaged windows. Officers flooded the area and set up a perimeter. KTLA-TV video showed authorities walking along the road outside the station, scanning the area with flashlights in the pre-dawn darkness.

Police found a gun at the scene which authorities said was used by the shooter.

This report will be updated.

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