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Off-duty sergeant shoots men breaking into his Cerritos home

October 6, 2011 |  7:43 am

Photo: An off-duty L.A. County Sheriff's deputy surprises burglars and shoots two of them. Credit: KTLA-TV Two men were shot and injured in Cerritos by an off-duty sheriff's sergeant who found them breaking into his house Wednesday night, officials said.

The off-duty sergeant, whose house in the 12900 block of Glenda Street was tented for fumigation, heard noises and voices coming from inside about 10:51 p.m., according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

When he walked into the backyard, he found three men coming out of the house and ordered them to stop. 

A "physical altercation" ensured and the deputy fired on the men.

Two of them were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the third fled.

The deputy received minor injuries, according to a sheriff's statement.

It was unknown if the suspects were armed, said Lt. Mary Leef of the Sheriff's Department.


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Photo: An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant shot two burglars trying to break into his home, which was tented for fumigation, officials said. Credit: KTLA