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Suspect shot after struggle with LAPD officers in hospital

LOS ANGELES – A man who is under the custody of the Los Angeles police was seriously injured Saturday after being shot during a struggle with officers in a hospital exam room.

The man was arrested by gang officers on a misdemeanor charge and was at a police station when he suffered a medical emergency,” said Det. Meghan Aguilar, LAPD spokeswoman. He was taken to White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights.

While the man was in an examination room — next to the hospital emergency room — he began to struggle with two officers, Aguilar said. At least one of the agents opened fire, striking the suspect.

“There was a medical examination that was to take place and it happened at that time,” Aguilar said.

The man was transported to another hospital with a trauma center and remained in critical condition Saturday, ” she said. The police did not immediately release the man’s name or more details about his arrest.

Researchers are still trying to determine the exact circumstances that led up to the shooting.

Detectives began to interview witnesses, but the two officers have not been questioned, Aguilar said during a press conference outside the hospital.

The hospital remained open, but yellow crime scene tape blocked a portion of the street, which was lined with police cars.

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