The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation after West allegedly attacked videographer Daniel Ramos outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.
The altercation, caught on camera and posted on TMZ, took place after Ramos filmed the rapper and asked him questions as he walked out of the airport to a waiting car.
At one point in the video, an irritated West, 36, breaks his silence and accuses the paparazzo of trying to provoke him. "You're trying to get me in trouble so I have to pay you, like, $250,000," West says in the footage. He then appears to lunge at Ramos.
"Kanye hates when the paparazzi speaks to him," a photographer source tells PEOPLE. "He got very annoyed with the videographer and lost it."
According to police Sergeant Belinda L. Nettles, paramedics responded and transported Ramos to a local hospital for medical attention. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
"A police report was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department and the investigation is ongoing," Nettles said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Although TMZ reports that police will refer the case to the D.A. as a felony attempted robbery (a more serious charge) rather than a battery case, Officer Sara Faden tells PEOPLE, "We can confirm that our detectives are handling the case, however, we're not sure if a misdemeanor or felony charge will be filed. The charge will determine if it goes to the City Attorney or D.A.'s office."
West's rep could not be reached for comment.
Ramos is no stranger to quarreling with celebrities. In 2007 Britney Spears bashed his SUV with an umbrella after he pursued and photographed her.
Reporting by RAHA LEWIS