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Sheriff's deputy fires at, possibly wounds man in Watts

May 22, 2011 |  3:54 pm

Authorities have closed off a section of a Watts neighborhood near the Nickerson Gardens housing project while they search for a suspect who may have been wounded by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.

At about 6:30 a.m., the deputy fired a shot at a man near East 114th Street and Compton Avenue. The man ran in the direction of the housing project, prompting officials to set up a perimeter and call in a special enforcement team and K-9 units, said Deputy Benjamin Grubb.

Officials provided no information about why the deputy fired and said it was unclear if the man was hit. It was uncertain how long the search would continue, Grubb said, but the man is still believed to be in the area.

-- Carla Rivera