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Three men arrested in connection with deputy shooting identified

November 18, 2012 |  1:59 pm

This post has been corrected. See note below.

Three men who were arrested in connection with the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Friday night in South Los Angeles have been identified, authorities said.

The suspects, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, were identified Sunday by the Sheriff's Department as Michael Cones, 36, and Joe Childs and Brendan Caveness, both 24. Each was being held in lieu of $1-million bail.

The deputy, who was shot in the abdomen, underwent emergency surgery and was in stable condition Sunday, the department said. His name has not yet been released, but he is a member of the Operation Safe Streets anti-gang detail.

Authorities said deputies in that detail attempted to contact a group of five to 10 males about 9:30 p.m. Friday when the men took off. Three or four of the suspects fired at deputies, who returned fire.

Several blocks near the scene of the shooting — which occurred in the 1600 block of 81st Street near Parmelee Avenue — were closed following the incident as authorities searched the area. Four suspects were initially detained but the Sheriff's Department said only three face attempted murder charges.

The sheriff's homicide and internal affairs bureaus were investigating the shooting.

[For the record, Sunday, 3:45 p.m.: This post initially said the suspects were charged. They were arrested and identified.]

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