The search was called off just before 6 a.m. Monday, some nine hours after two men opened fire on a police patrol car driving southbound on Hoover Street near 62nd Street.
The LAPD called a citywide tactical alert as it conducted the search, which came less than two weeks after two New York police officers were fatally shot in an ambush.
The L.A. shooting was “a completely unprovoked attack,” LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza told KTLA. The two officers were responding to an unrelated call when they were fired upon by a rifle, officials said.
One man was taken into custody as a person of interest shortly after the shooting and was being questioned, Det. Meghan Aguilar said Monday morning. But a second gunman is still on the loose, she said.
“We do not have a face or a name, there are leads that investigators are following up on,” Aguilar said. “This is obviously a dangerous individual who does not belong on the streets of Los Angeles.”
Despite the surprise attack, neither officer was hurt and they were able to return fire, officials said. A short stretch of Hoover Street between Gage Avenue and 62nd Street was not expected to be reopened until at least 10 a.m., Aguilar said.
Police recovered a rifle at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m.