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Deputy shot in face; suspect killed in East L.A. shooting

January 11, 2011 |  8:29 pm

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was shot in the cheek Tuesday night in East Los Angeles during an incident in which the alleged gunman was killed, authorities said.

"I'm grateful that the wound does not appear to be life-threatening," Sheriff Lee Baca said when contacted by The Times as he headed to the hospital.

The shooting occurred after the male suspect was confronted by two deputies on Floral Drive.  Preliminary information indicates that a struggle ensued and gunfire broke out, said Nicole Nishida, a department spokesman.

Investigators were responding to the area.


Sheriff's deputy shot in East L.A.

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