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MTA bus driver shot in face with pellet gun; passenger arrested

January 26, 2011 |  3:01 am

An MTA bus driver was shot in the face with a pellet gun late Tuesday, allegedly by a 25-year-old passenger who refused to pay his fare.

The driver was behind the wheel of his bus at Main and 53rd streets when the incident occurred, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The suspect got into a dispute with the driver and exited the bus. But after the bus pulled away, he ran after it, officials said.

"While the bus operator was letting off passengers, the suspect approached the open door and fired three rounds from the pellet gun at him," according to a statement by Capt. Mike Parker. "One round struck the bus operator in the right cheek. The suspect then ran from the area."

The suspect, Victor Alfonso Martinez, was spotted some time later and arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver, 54, sustained minor injuries.

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