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Deputies in gun battle with suspects in South L.A.

November 30, 2009 |  9:48 pm

Authorities are searching for at least two suspects tonight after a routine stop in South Los Angeles turned into a gun battle between deputies and two men who had been pulled over.

The suspects opened fire on two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies about 8:45 p.m. near 105th Street and Normandie Avenue, authorities said.

The deputies returned fire, and the suspects fled the scene on foot, said Sgt. Michael Maher of the Sheriff's Department's Lennox station.

"The guys came out shooting," Maher said of the suspects.

He said deputies have cordoned off a large area that they are searching with dogs and a helicopter.

No additional details were available.

-- Robert J. Lopez