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Deputy fires at driver of suspected stolen vehicle in Huntington Park

October 20, 2010 |  9:42 pm

A deputy fired at a man who ignored an order to remain inside the stolen vehicle he was driving and reached toward his waistband, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The incident occurred Tuesday in Huntington Park. The suspect, later identified as Eric Valdez, 27, was not hit and fled the scene, according to the department.

Valdez was driving a suspected stolen vehicle when a deputy prevented him from making a U-turn onto West 60th Avenue. The deputy ordered Valdez to stay inside the vehicle, but instead he got out of the car and reached for his waistband. The deputy drew his weapon and fired one round at him, according to the department.

Three passengers in the vehicle were arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property. All three were uninjured, authorities said.

The surrounding area was searched extensively, but Valdez was not located and no weapons were found.

The department's Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the shooting.

-- Sam Allen