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Suspects Darnell Washington, Tania Washington wanted in Sunday’s attempted murder shooting of LASD Deputy in South El Monte

Couple wanted in attempted Murder of LA County Sheriff Deputy

Couple wanted in attempted Murder of LA County Sheriff Deputy

By Brian Hews

Los Angeles County Sheriff officials are seeking a married couple, Darnell and Tania Washington for shooting and wounded one of their fellow deputies with a shotgun Sunday morning.

Details of the incident unfolded throughout the day on the Sunday of the three-day Labor Day holiday shortly before 9:00AM when a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to Temple Sheriff’s Station approached a suspicious vehicle in the City of South El Monte.

Both are believed to be part of a violent crime spree that has gripped at least two counties in Southern California.

On Sunday, suspect Darnell Washington allegedly emerged from the rear of the vehicle. A deputy involved shooting occurred and gunfire was exchanged. The deputy was shot by the suspect with a shotgun.

The deputy, whose name has not been released to the media, was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from a hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Both Suspect Darnell Washington and Suspect Tania Washington fled the location after carjacking a vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the suspects abandoned the stolen vehicle in the City of South Gate and carjacked another vehicle, a 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager, light blue, CA License #3PHK484. The Plymouth Voyager has not been recovered.

Both suspects remain at large and are considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS. If you see the suspects or vehicle call 9-1-1. Please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Homicide Bureau if located or apprehended.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying any other possible victims and/or witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Schoonmaker or Detective Alvarado, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org