A news crew from a local television station was reportedly attacked Wednesday while covering a story in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles. Deadline.com reports that the attack on a cameraman for Fox O&O KTTV led to a fight in which a number of LAPD officers received minor injuries.
“The crew was filming outside the Midnight Mission on 6th Street, near the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting Sunday, when a man grabbed the photographer’s camera, breaking it,” Deadline reports. “The cameraman called 911, and officers arrived quickly.”
The report quotes LAPD media relations officer Jack Richter saying: “A local Fox TV affiliate was shooting B-roll at about 12:07 PM at 6th and San Pedro when a guy on the street approached the cameraman and tried to grab the camera. The camera was broken, and the cameraman and suspect started to fight. Police were called. Two officers showed up, and the officers started to fight with the suspect. The suspect went for the officer’s gun and began fighting with the officers. Three officers were injured and treated at the scene. The suspect is in custody. The news crew was shaken but unhurt.”
KTTV reporter Phil Shuman explained the crew’s visit to skid row in the aftermath of Sunday’s shooting death of a homeless man during a robbery call by LAPD officers. Shuman said on the KTTV website: “I wanted to try to give our viewers a sense of the challenges that everyone, especially the police, deal with every day in that area.”