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Deputy shoots man in Compton after alleged hit and run

September 9, 2012 | 11:34 am

Sheriff’s deputies shot a man fleeing a hit-and-run accident in Compton on Saturday night after he reached for his waistband, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The deputies were stopped at a traffic light at Rosecrans and Santa Fe avenues when they saw the suspect, in a white pick-up truck, smash into a car in a gas station parking lot, and then speed away, according to a statement from the department. 

While the deputies pursued him, he allegedly failed to pull over, drove on the wrong side of the road and ran red lights before losing control of the truck and slamming into a tree on North Long Beach Boulevard.

The suspect then left the vehicle and ran north on Long Beach Boulevard, with the deputies in chase, according to the Sheriff's Department statement. After crossing the boulevard, the suspect turned back toward deputies while grabbing his waistband, at which point a deputy fired one round, striking the suspect, according to the statement.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Detectives found no firearm and are investigating the incident, as is protocol in an officer-involved shooting. The suspect was identified as a member of a local street gang on probation for a narcotics violation, the Sheriff’s Department said. The pickup the suspect was driving was reported stolen Friday.

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