Los Angeles police officer shot near Newton station, rushed to hospital

An Los Angeles Police officer was shot and wounded near the Newton station in South L.A. early Thursday, officials said.

The circumstances that led to the shooting, which occurred shortly after 5 a.m. near South Central Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, were not immediately clear, LAPD Capt. Stacy Spell said.

The officer, who was described only as a man, was rushed to a nearby hospital with a wound, Spell said. Information is very preliminary, but the officer was described initially as being in stable condition, authorities said.

A suspect was detained a few blocks away at East 29th Street and Naomi Avenue, according to LAPD Officer Lizabeth Lomeli.

Images near the police station show a pickup truck with damage to its windows. Officers have flooded the area and set up a perimeter. Video from KTLA-TV Channel 5 shows authorities walking the road outside the station, scanning the area with flashlights in the predawn darkness.

This report will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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