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Man shot by deputies in Compton was carrying handgun, officials say

August 17, 2012 |  9:29 am

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A man shot and wounded by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in Compton was carrying a semiautomatic handgun and had turned toward chasing deputies when he was hit, authorities said Friday.

Officials said deputies had gone to an area in the 1300 block of East Palmer Street on Thursday after receiving reports of a man with a gun. As they searched the area, they saw a pedestrian matching the description of the suspect, authorities said, and when they shouted directions to the suspect, he took off running westbound on East Palmer Street and through an alley.

Deputies chasing him "saw that the suspect was carrying a semiautomatic handgun in his hand," according to a Sheriff's Department statement. "The suspect turned toward the deputies with the handgun and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. The suspect was struck in the upper torso and transferred to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries."

Deputies subsequently recovered a handgun at the scene of the shooting, investigators said.

The shooting is under investigation by the L.A. County district attorney's office, the Sheriff's Department and the Office of Independent Review, which is standard procedure in such cases.

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Image: A map shows in black the approximate location of the shooting incident involving L.A. County sheriff's deputies. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.

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