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Suspects sought in shooting of L.A. County sheriff's deputy

November 16, 2012 | 11:32 pm

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was believed to be in surgery Friday night after being shot in an incident in unincorporated Florence-Firestone. Law enforcement officers were pursuing multiple suspects.

Deputies set up a containment area that stretched as far as 30 blocks near the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. near 81st Street and Parmalee Avenue.

Residents called in reports of possible suspects they believed to be fleeing through their yards or trying to hide, according to broadcast reports.

The wounded deputy was rushed to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. He appeared to be sitting in a slightly raised position as he was brought in on a gurney. Video from KCAL-TV Channel 9 captured his arrival at the hospital.

The Sheriff's Department set up a command post at the hospital to provide developing information from the scene. The wounded deputy was believed to be a member of a gang-suppression unit.


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