Los Angeles police officer injured in undercover case

Police taped off several blocks around the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue in Granada Hills.
Police taped off several blocks around the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue in Granada Hills.
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A Los Angeles police officer working undercover on a narcotics case has been seriously injured after a suspect hit him with a vehicle and fled.

Officer Jack Richter, a spokesman for the department, says the officer was reported down shortly after noon Thursday in the Granada Hills area and was taken to a hospital. The officer is expected to survive his injuries.

Hours later, police detained a man and were trying to corroborate his identity with available surveillance footage and witness accounts, Richter says.

Police taped off several blocks around the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue and dogs helped in the search.

Richter says the officer was working a drug sale in plainclothes when something went "very wrong" and the suspect hit him with his vehicle and ran away.

This story has been updated.