LAPD Officer Got a Handgun Shot by a Ghost Gun; Suspect Arrested

In a recent incident that has highlighted the dangers faced by law enforcement, a 27-year-old officer from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has been discharged from the hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to his hand.

This injury was inflicted by a so-called “ghost gun,” a type of polymer pistol that is difficult to trace, according to official reports released on Saturday.

The confrontation occurred at approximately 8:20 a.m. on Friday, when LAPD officers were called to a home in the 13200 block of Paxton Street in Pacoima. The officers were there to investigate a report of a restraining order violation. Upon their arrival, they were led to a secondary residence located at the back of the property.

Inside the back house, officers encountered 52-year-old Pete Garcia, who was uncooperative and disregarded the officers’ commands to leave the premises. As the situation escalated, officers tried to physically restrain Garcia, leading to a struggle. Despite the use of a Taser, Garcia remained unaffected and the confrontation intensified.

According to police accounts, during the altercation, Garcia unexpectedly drew a pistol from his waistband and aimed it at the officers. In a simultaneous response, one officer deployed a Taser against Garcia, who then discharged a round from his weapon towards the officers, sparking an officer-involved shooting scenario.

The investigation later revealed that the injury to the officer was most likely caused by a bullet fired by Garcia. The bullet struck a metal bed frame, resulting in fragments ricocheting and striking the officer’s hand. The nature of the injury underscores the unpredictable and dangerous dynamics law enforcement personnel often face in the line of duty.

Following the incident, Garcia was arrested on charges of attempted murder and was subsequently taken to a hospital due to unrelated medical concerns. He is currently being held on a $2,080,000 bail. Authorities were able to recover the ghost gun used in the shooting, further highlighting the challenges posed by such untraceable firearms in urban environments.

This event underscores the inherent risks and uncertainties that police officers encounter daily. The use of ghost guns, which lack serial numbers and are therefore difficult to trace, represents a growing concern for public safety and law enforcement agencies.

The LAPD continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting, as the community reflects on the dangers faced by those who serve to protect.

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