LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) —A wheelchair-bound man faces charges of assault on a peace officer after allegedly firing shots at LAPD officers who were answering a call to help a shooting victim in Leimert Park.

Shots were reported at 8:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Third Avenue, near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in Leimert Park, according to Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Tony Im.

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When officers arrived, they were fired upon, Im said. Their patrol car windows were shattered by the gunfire, but none of the officers were hit.

The wounded victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and has since been released.

Officers set up a perimeter and conducted a search for the shooter that prompted the evacuation of some homes, while other residents were asked to shelter in place.

Detective say they believe after the initial shooting, the wheelchair-bound suspect moved to the garage where he had been living behind a nearby home, barricaded himself inside and kept firing. At one point, it appears he accidentally shot and wounded his own dog, police said.

Hours after the standoff began, police shot in several rounds of tear gas.

Eventually, officers moved in and the suspected gunman was wheeled out to an ambulance and taken into custody, just before 6 a.m.

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