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Deputy shoots armed man who warned he was 'prepared to go to war'

An Antelope Valley man who threatened his 60-year-old mother with a gun and told her he was “prepared to go to war” was in jail Sunday after being shot by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy, officials said.

Matthew Ridgway, 29, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, Deputy Lillian Peck said Sunday. He was arrested about 11:45 p.m. Saturday in the 39600 block of 167th Street East in the unincorporated Lake Los Angeles area of north Los Angeles County.

Deputies had been called to a nearby home in the 16000 block of MacKenna’s Gold Avenue, where Ridgway’s  mother told them he’d beaten her and threatened her with a gun.

“Before deputies could contact suspect Ridgway, they saw him run out of the back of the residence with a rifle and wearing a ballistic vest,” Peck said in a press release.

Deputies found Ridgway hiding in a neighbor’s shed, where the shooting occurred. It was unclear Sunday if Ridgway had fired his weapon or if he’d been struck in the bulletproof vest , Peck said.

Ridgway was treated for minor injuries and then booked at the Lancaster sheriff’s station, where he was being held Sunday.

As in all deputy-involved shootings, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is investigating, as are the sheriff’s homicide and internal affairs bureaus.


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