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Four arrested in shooting of sheriff's deputy

November 17, 2012 |  9:56 am

Four suspected gang members have been arrested and will be charged with attempted murder following the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Friday night in the Florence area of South Los Angeles, officials said.

The deputy, who remained unidentified Saturday morning, was reported to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, authorities said.

A search continued for others believed to have been involved in the attack, which took place when deputies from Operation Safe Streets Bureau working in the Century Sheriff's Station area attempted to contact a group of five to 10 males, said sheriff's Lt. Gregory Nelson.

Investigators said the suspects all fled on foot and three or four of those suspects fired at deputies, who returned fire.

The shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of 81st Street near Parmelee Avenue. The deputy was wounded in the abdomen.

Saturday's search was centered in an area from Zamora Avenue on the west to Compton Avenue to the east and Nadeau Street and Aldis Avenue to the north and south, officials said.

The four suspects were booked for attempted murder of a peace officer at the Century Regional Detention Center.

The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff's Homicide and Internal Affairs bureaus, officials said.

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