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Two men wounded in deputy-involved shooting in Willowbrook [Updated]

April 18, 2010 | 11:39 am

Authorities are investigating the circumstances of a deputy-involved shooting in Willowbrook on Sunday that left two men wounded.

[Updated at 3:05 p.m.:  The shooting took place about 12:45 a.m. in the 11700 block of Willowbrook Avenue during a traffic violation stop conducted by a deputy assigned to the transit services bureau, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. 

As the male deputy approached the vehicle carrying four people, a passenger in the left rear seat pointed a handgun at him, the department said.

“Fearing for his life, the deputy fired two rounds from his duty weapon at the suspect,” the department said. Both the suspect and a passenger in the right rear seat were struck.

A loaded handgun was recovered at the scene, the department said. Charges are pending further investigation by homicide detectives. No other injuries were reported.]

The men, who have not been identified, were taken into custody and transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigations will be conducted by the sheriff’s homicide and internal affairs bureaus as well as the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

No other information was given.

-- Corina Knoll