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Suspect wounded in officer-involved shooting near Laguna Niguel elementary school

May 20, 2010 | 12:08 pm

Police shot and wounded a suspected child molester near a Laguna Niguel elementary school Thursday morning after the man fled while they were serving an arrest warrant, Orange County Sheriff's officials said.

Brea police -- with assistance from Anaheim officers -- were serving the warrant at an apartment building about 9:30 a.m. when the 44-year-old suspect escaped and began running from the location, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

He was running near the outskirts of the Marian Bergeson Elementary School campus in the 25000 block of Rancho Miguel Road when an officer-involved shooting was reported, Amormino said. It was not immediately clear whether the man was armed and what prompted the officer to fire his weapon.

The suspect suffered a single gunshot wound and was taken to Mission Hills Hospital, but his condition was not known. There were reports of any injuries to officers.

The man was the focus of an investigation out of Yorba Linda, Amormino said. Multiple law enforcement agencies were on the scene investigating the officer-involved incident.

-- Andrew Blankstein