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Sheriff's Department identifies suspects in stabbing of off-duty deputy

February 26, 2011 |  8:49 pm

The Sheriff’s Department has identified three suspects involved in an altercation early Saturday in which an off-duty sheriff's deputy was stabbed and a suspect was hit by gunfire.

Antony Carlin, 24, Michael Gomez, 24, and Alexander Galarza, 22, allegedly confronted a group of three off-duty deputies and two civilians in an East Los Angeles parking lot, according to a Sheriff’s Department release. The incident occurred about 4 a.m. in the 4500 block of East Third Street.

The suspects began to walk away after the deputies identified themselves as law enforcement personnel, the release said. But Carlin then returned, produced a knife and allegedly stabbed one of the deputies in the abdomen.

One of the other deputies there saw the stabbing and retrieved the weapon. He fired one round at Carlin after Carlin ignored an order and lunged toward him, the release said.

Carlin allegedly stabbed one of the deputies after a brief argument, the release said. Another deputy fired one round at Carlin, striking him in the abdomen.

The injured deputy is now in stable condition, the release said.

Carlin also underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition. He will be arrested for attempted murder on a police officer once he is released from the hospital. Gomez and Galarza are both in custody and are being held in lieu of $1-million bail, the release said.

-- Sam Allen