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Deputy-involved shooting in Compton; no one hurt

September 1, 2012 |  1:10 pm

For the third time in as many days, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been involved in a shooting, but no one was injured in the latest incident, a spokeswoman said.

Few details were immediately available, including why deputies went to the scene in the 800 block of West Maple Street in Compton about 11:30 p.m. Friday or what prompted one or more of them to fire their weapons.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Pauline Panis said two male suspects were taken into custody at the scene and a semiautomatic handgun was recovered. No one was hurt, she said.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department provided additional details on two earlier deputy-involved shootings which occurred within half-hour of one another on Wednesday.

The first occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Santa Fe Avenue in Compton when deputies tried to stop a driver for a traffic violation. The man, later identified as Juan Perales, 28, refused to stop but was approached by deputies when he stopped at a red light, officials said.

Perales was shot when he opened his car door and appeared to be reaching for something behind him, Deputy Guillermina Saldana said. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover. Saldana said Perales has been cited for traffic violations and for obstructing an officer. No weapons or drugs were found in the car.

Next, in the 21200 block of South Figueroa Avenue in Carson, a man was shot and killed by deputies after he allegedly struck a patrol car with his vehicle, causing an injury to one deputy, then appeared to be about to run over another, officials said.

Saldana said deputies tried to stop the man, who she said had been identified by investigators as being in violation of his parole terms, but he did not cooperate. As he tried to escape, the suspect backed into a Sheriff’s Department vehicle, causing a back injury to one deputy, then accelerated toward a second deputy, who was standing in the street, Saldana said.

Saldana said another deputy then fired on the suspect, who was hit and crashed the vehicle into a wall. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His name has not been released.

The shootings are under investigation.

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