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Deputy wounded in deadly confrontation is released from hospital [updated]

November 4, 2009 |  7:31 am

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who was wounded during a deadly confrontation with a suspect Tuesday night in Lawndale was released from a hospital this morning, authorities said.

The deputy, whose identity was withheld, was shot in the shoulder during the incident that occurred about 10:30 p.m. near 166th street and Prairie Avenue, said Sheriff’s Deputy Aura Sierra. The suspect was killed.

[Updated, 4 p.m.: Sheriff's Lt. Duane Harris said the suspect was armed, pointed his firearm at the deputies and shot at them. "Those were his actions and that precipitated the shooting," he said.

Sheriff's officials said they believed more than 30 shots were fired during the incident but stressed that it did not appear to be contagious fire, a phenomenon in which police fire their weapons because others are doing so.]

-- Baxter Holmes and Andrew Blankstein
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