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Shots fired at sheriff's deputy in Lancaster

October 30, 2010 |  2:04 pm

Two people were arrested after an alleged attempt to shoot a sheriff’s deputy with a handgun that jammed during a routine traffic stop early Saturday in Lancaster, the Sheriff’s Department said.

A deputy tried to pull over Christopher Orlando, 25, and Shayla Janelle Harper, 26, around 3:40 a.m. because the vehicle they were in didn’t have a front license plate, the Sheriff’s Department said. As the deputy pulled behind them, he heard two shots and saw a muzzle flash. The suspects sped off.

The two were cornered soon after and arrested, the department said. A TEC-9 semiautomatic handgun was found loaded near the corner where the firing took place, and investigators found a jammed round in the chamber.

The Sheriff’s Department said Orlando, who was a gang member, is on parole.

-- Rick Rojas