Deputy and his training officer confronted by parolee in East L.A. shooting, authorities say [Updated]
The suspected gunman was fatally shot by the training officer after a struggle ensued, authorities said.
Deputy Mohamed Ahmed, 27, was taken to a local hospital and may lose sight in one eye, said a source familiar with the incident. The Sheriff's Department initially reported that the deputy had been shot in the cheek.
Ahmed did not appear to have suffered any brain damage and was listed in critical condition. He joined the department in April 2007.
“I'm grateful that the wound does not appear to be life-threatening,” Sheriff Lee Baca told The Times as he was on his way to the hospital.
The shooting occurred while the two deputies were on routine patrol near Floral Drive and North Brannick Avenue. They saw a woman and a man in a vehicle parked in a red zone.
As the deputies exited their cruiser, the man got out of the vehicle and allegedly fired at the deputies, according to the source, who asked not to be named because the preliminary investigation had just been launched.
The training officer tried to wrestle the gun from the suspect, apparently deflecting the weapon as it was pointed at his chest, the source said. The officer fired at least two shots, fatally wounded the suspect.
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Photo: Shooting scene. Credit: KTLA