Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) held back from returning fire on Saturday after an unidentified protester shot nearly a dozen rounds at police, according to an exclusive report from Breitbart.
The shooter, who has not been named, was later arrested, according to Breitbart’s sources.
No officers were injured in the incident.
“Police didn’t fire back”
According to Breitbart, the shooting occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. on Saturday as a group of LAPD officers were keeping watch on protesters and rioters in the vicinity of 5th and Main Streets in downtown L.A.
An unidentified assailant was said to have fired 10 shots in the direction of the officers before fleeing the scene. According to Breitbart, “a spokesman for the LAPD confirmed that the police didn’t fire back, but couldn’t provide additional details.”
The suspect was said to have been running away through a crowd, likely explaining law enforcement’s decision to hold back from returning fire. The crowd had gathered to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes after Floyd was handcuffed — including three minutes in which Floyd was unresponsive, according to the BBC.
As NBC News notes, protests have popped up across the country in response to Floyd’s death, with some turning violent — and even deadly.
“An act of domestic terrorism”
Indeed, while LAPD officers were able to dodge bullets on Saturday, the same couldn’t be said for a pair of federal security officers who took shots outside a federal building in Oakland, California, late Friday night, local ABC affiliate KGO reported.
Federal Protective Service officer Patrick Underwood, who worked for a company that was under contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was keeping watch with another guard over the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building on Friday when a van pulled up and an unknown assailant opened fire, striking both officers and killing Underwood, according to KGO.
The other federal officer was left critically wounded.
The Oakland shooting has been labeled “an act of domestic terrorism” by federal officials, and the FBI is reportedly working closely with local police to identify and apprehend those involved.
Back in Los Angeles, Fox 11 reported that there were at least 533 arrests made over the course of Friday night and Saturday morning, with charges including attempted murder, battery on a police officer, burglary, looting, probation violation, and failure to disperse. At least six LAPD officers were wounded, and at least one was hospitalized, though all were said to have suffered “non-life threatening” injuries, according to Fox 11.