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Sheriff’s Exchange Gun Fire With Suspects After Deputy Shot; Four Arrested

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies exchanged gunfire with several suspects who were allegedly involved in the shooting of an on duty officer on Friday night.

Four Arrests Made.

Search Continues for additional suspects.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting that occurred on Friday night, November 16, 2012, in the 1600 block of 81st Street, in the Florence community of unincorporated South Los Angeles.

Detectives have learned that at 9:33 PM gang enforcement deputies from Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Bureau working in the Century Sheriff’s Station area attempted to contact a group of five to ten males. The suspects all fled on foot and three or four of those suspects fired at deputies. Deputies returned fire.

One deputy was hit by gunfire one time in the abdomen area. He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition.

Four suspects have been arrested and are being booked for Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer at the Century Regional Detention Center of the Los Angeles County jail system.

As of Saturday morning (Nov. 17) , Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to actively search for additional suspects and evidence in the five block area around the 1600 blok of 81st St (at Parmalee Ave). The affected area is from Zamora Ave. on the west to Compton Ave. to the east, and Nadeau St. to the north and Aldis Ave. to the south.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. 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 http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, and either a deputy or a suspect is hit by gunfire, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene, and have full access to the facts known to the sheriff’s department throughout every phase of these thorough investigations. Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.