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Off-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy stabbed in Highland Park fight that erupts into melee

January 27, 2010 |  9:50 am

An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy got into a fistfight in Highland Park that turned into a melee, leaving her with stab wounds and another combatant with gunshot wounds, authorities said today.

The deputy, who was on medical leave from the sheriff's department, was in stable condition at a hospital following the fight that broke out about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, a sheriff's department spokesman said.

The fight between the woman, identified by the sheriff's department as an off-duty deputy, and another woman broke out outside the Cave bar at 60th and Figueroa streets.

"Two people got in a fistfight, but it turned into a huge melee, where one person got shot and one person got stabbed," said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh. The other woman also was in stable condition, he said.

Investigators did not know who fired the gunshots or wielded the knife, he said. At least two people were arrested in connection with the melee, Borihanh said.

He said police learned of the altercation when one of the injured sought assistance at a nearby L.A. city fire station. Sources familiar with the investigation said the stabbing and shooting were related to a party in the area.

Authorities did not release the deputy's name.

-- Richard Winton