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2 suspects sought in shooting of sheriff's deputy in South El Monte

September 2, 2012 | 12:35 pm

Suspects sought in deputy shooting
Authorities are searching for two carjacking suspects who shot a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Sunday morning outside a convenience store in South El Monte, officials said.

The deputy, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released, said Capt. Mike Parker, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.

The officer exchanged gunfire with the male and female suspects about 9 a.m. outside a 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Durfee Avenue and Michael Hunt Drive, Parker said. The suspects, one of whom was armed with a shotgun, then fled in their Nissan Armada and remain at large, he said.

The incident began when the deputy, suspicious about the suspects’ vehicle, ran a check on the license plate and a report came back “armed and dangerous,” Parker said. 

“It was their actions or the way they were driving that caused him to run the license plate," Parker said.

The deputy called for backup and a short time later confronted the suspects as they exited the store, he said. At that point, the deputy and the suspects exchanged gunfire and the officer was hit.

The suspects, who authorities said are responsible for multiple carjackings, are believed to have stolen a vehicle after the shooting, Parker said. It is believed that they are driving a light blue 1996 Plymouth Voyager van, license plate 3PHK484.

Authorities were investigating four separate crime scenes Sunday linked to the suspects.


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Photo: A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy sets up a perimeter at the intersection of Peck Road and Michael Hunt Drive in South El Monte, where a duputy was shot Sunday morning. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times