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Two sheriff’s deputies hospitalized after shooting, critical but stable condition

BELLFLOWER >> Two sheriff’s deputies were hospitalized today with wounds they suffered in a shooting in Bellflower, and the gunman who allegedly wounded them was taken into custody after a standoff with a teargas-firing SWAT team, authorities said.

Both of the deputies, who work out of the Lakewood Station, were listed in critical but stable condition, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

The suspect was taken into custody by a SWAT team that used teargas at a “structure” in which he was hiding behind the main house on a residential property, McDonnell said.

A person who was being held hostage was freed by the SWAT team, McDonnell said. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the gunman, who will be booked on various charges that include attempted murder and kidnapping, McDonnell said.

The incident began around 10:50 p.m. Thursday, as sheriff’s deputies conducted a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard.

A motorcycle deputy pulled over the suspect in the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue, deputies said. The suspect then got out of his vehicle with a firearm and “fired several rounds at the deputy, striking him multiple times,” a sheriff’s statement said. The deputy fired back at the suspect, who fled the scene on foot.

As a second set of deputies responded to the shots fired, the suspect shot at them, hitting one, sheriff’s deputies said. A third group of deputies began pursuing the suspect, who fired shots at them before running out of view.

It was not immediately apparent whether the suspect was wounded in the rolling gun battles.

The wounded deputies, both men, were taken by other deputies to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for surgery, officials said.

The search for the suspect was conducted in the general area of Lakewood Boulevard between Alondra Boulevard and Flower Street, north of the Artesia (91) Freeway, deputies said.

A SWAT unit was sent to the scene, joining more than 40 patrol cars that ABC7 reported were sent to assist with the search.

Anyone with information on the shooting can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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  1. Update cops Reply

    June 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Lakewood sheriff’s deputies remain hospitalized after Bellflower shooting

    BELLFLOWER >> Two sheriff’s deputies from the Lakewood Station remain hospitalized Saturday with wounds suffered in a shooting in Bellflower, and the gunman who allegedly wounded them remains jailed on $10 million bail.

    One deputy is recovering from his surgery and is improving, although his condition remains serious. The second deputy continues to improve as well and remains in stable condition, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said today.

    The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Juan Martinez with no known address, was taken into custody by a SWAT team that fired tear gas into a small structure in which he was hiding behind a house in the 9000 block of Mayne Street in Bellflower, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

    The suspect had initially entered the home and held a man hostage, according to authorities. That hostage was able to escape unharmed.

    Martinez was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and kidnapping of a civilian, according Deputy Grace Medrano.

    According to the sheriff’s department, deputies were conducting a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard around 10:50 p.m. Thursday when a motorcycle deputy pulled over the suspect in the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue. The suspect got out of his vehicle with a firearm and “fired several rounds at the deputy, striking him multiple times,” according to sheriff’s officials. The deputy fired back at the suspect, who fled the scene on foot.

    As a second set of deputies responded to the shots fired, the suspect shot at them, hitting one, sheriff’s deputies said. A third group of deputies began pursuing the suspect, who allegedly fired shots at them before running out of view.

    The suspect was not wounded in the exchange, Medrano said.

    The injured deputies, both males, were taken by other deputies to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, officials said.

    The search for the suspect was conducted in the general area of Lakewood Boulevard between Alondra Boulevard and Flower Street, north of the 91 Freeway.

    A SWAT unit was sent to the scene, joining more than 40 patrol cars that were sent to assist with the search.

  2. Rentals Reply

    June 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Residences flew from Downey/Bellflower because the Watts Riots moving closer and closer. Now Bellflower is getting hit by the bad neighborhoods leaving from North Long Beach and Compton, and moving into Bellflower- Norwalk. Diversity in these neighborhoods is not wearing very good, and the international immigrants, are not improving Bellflower.

    BELLFLOWER Chinese -India slum landlords, should have their rental properties taken from them, as the Dutch investors were five star rated rentals, COMPARED to Chinese investors.

    Island area of the Belflower Chicago area is still holding up the city of Bellflower. Crap going in and out Bellflower Courthouse has never improved that area, and has left Bellflower Boulevard dead area. Courthouses seem to be blite for many urban areas.

    Maybe residents should return to the car cruising on Bellflower Boulevard, in order to clean up the area, the sheriff’s are not able to.
    Least the 70’s-80’s car cruising brought in store shoppers and money to the city.

    More and more shootings will take place, until city has lid on the scum landlords rentals in strip TH areas.

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