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Dozens interviewed in L.A. County jail deputies brawl

January 14, 2011 |  6:23 pm

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Friday that they have conducted more than 150 interviews in connection with a fight that broke out among Men's Central Jail employees at a Christmas party at a Montebello banquet hall.

The internal criminal investigation into the Dec. 10 brawl, which left several injured, is ongoing though officials expect it to wrap up sometime in February.

The fight resulted in seven deputies, whose identities have not been released, being relieved of duty with pay pending the investigation.

About 100 guests, including sheriff's supervisors, had attended the party. As the night was winding down near midnight, Montebello police received an anonymous 911 call reporting violence in the parking lot.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said recently transferred Men's Central Jail Capt. Daniel Cruz may have been jostled as he tried to calm the situation, but was not injured.

At least two other deputies received medical attention, Whitmore said. Although Montebello police first responded to the scene, the Sheriff’s Department took over the investigation.

-- Robert Faturechi