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Man shot after firing on deputies in Bellflower, officials say

December 29, 2011 |  6:47 am

Sheriff's deputies in Bellflower on Wednesday returned fire at a man who fired a handgun at them, striking the suspect several times and leaving him hospitalized in critical condition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported.

The shooting took place about 4:45 p.m. in the 8800 block of Oak Street.

According to a statement from the Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person looking inside cars. They arrived and saw a man matching the description of the suspect, but when deputies tried to stop the man, he ran away.

After a short foot pursuit, the man allegedly crouched down, pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired at deputies but did not hit them. The deputies fired back, striking him several times, authorities said.

The revolver fired by the suspect, whose name has not been released, was recovered from the scene, sheriff's officials said. 


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