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Two men shot by deputies had gun, stolen vehicle, officials say

May 25, 2011 |  7:33 am

The suspect's vehicle is peppered with bullet holes after Tuesday's shooting.

Two gang members were hospitalized Wednesday after being shot by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in Walnut Park, officials said.

One of the two men, who were in a stolen vehicle, had pointed a gun at deputies just before the 6:45 a.m. shooting Tuesday at 76th Street and Alameda Boulevard, authorities said.

Deputies had tried to stop the speeding vehicle but the car ran into a fence. The passenger got out through his window, holding a handgun that he pointed at deputies, prompting them to shoot, officials said.

The passenger ran a short distance before collapsing from his wounds. The driver ignored orders, putting the car in reverse and driving toward the deputies behind him.

He also was then shot, authorities said. Both men were listed in stable condition.

Authorities said a loaded handgun was recovered at the scene. The deputies were not hurt.

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Photo: The suspect's vehicle is peppered with bullet holes after Tuesday's shooting. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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