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Off-duty sheriff's deputy shoots suspect in Boyle Heights altercation

December 5, 2009 | 12:43 pm

An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who came to the aid of his girlfriend at a Boyle Heights restaurant early this morning shot a man who was among a group that confronted him, authorities said.

The shooting took place in a parking lot near the Mariscos Puerto Escondido restaurant, 3740 Whittier Blvd., at around 2 a.m., law enforcement officials said.

They said the deputy’s girlfriend was jumped by several women when she went to the restaurant’s bathroom. When the deputy attempted to come to her aid, several men confronted him, said Deputy Steve Whitmore.

The altercation spilled outside, where the deputy shot one of the suspects in the chest, authorities said. The shooting victim is in stable condition, authorities said. The deputy, whom police did not identify, did not suffer serious injuries.

Three suspects are in custody, Whitmore said. He said the shooting will be investigated by the Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles police.

-- Andrew Blankstein