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LASD Deputies Fired Upon by AK-47 Toting Suspects

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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Century Sheriff’s Station deputies were fired upon during a brief pursuit near Lynwood on Tuesday night. 
The two deputies were on patrol when they heard the sound of an assault weapon being fired nearby. They drove toward the sound and observed a gunshot victim lying on the street. Simultaneously, the deputies saw the suspect vehicle speeding away.

While calling for medical help for the victim, the deputies went in pursuit of the suspect vehicle. During the pursuit, the suspect in the passenger seat leaned out the car window and began to shoot at the pursuing deputies with an AK-47 type assault rifle.

The deputies continued to pursue and the shooter jumped from the car and ran into the neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, the driver crashed near Santa Fe Avenue and Pine Street, where the driver was taken into custody.

A containment of the area was set up for the fleeing passenger and the passenger suspect was also taken into custody.  An assault rifle was recovered during a search of the area.  The victim, a male adult, was shot multiple times and is listed stable condition.

AK-47 recovered at crime scene on Tuesday night in Compton.

AK-47 recovered at crime scene on Tuesday night in Compton.

“We are relieved that our deputies were not hit by gunfire. We thank them for their bravery and willingness to risk their lives to protect the public.” Captain Mike Parker of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

There is no additional information available at this time.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Operation Safe Streets (Compton) at (310) 605-6525.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org.

Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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