Two deputies were shot and injured in the Bellflower section of Los Angeles during a DUI checkpoint search on Thursday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
On Friday morning the suspect was caught. The LA Special Enforcement Bureau confirmed members of the SWAT “now has armed suspect in custody,” adding that the neighborhood is safe.
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At 10:45 p.m. Thursday night, the suspect allegedly failed to stop at the checkpoint and knocked over several cones, prompting Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies to try and pull him over. A motorcycle officer then followed the driver to the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue, where the driver got out of his vehicle and opened fire.
The unidentified deputy was struck several times and did return fire, the LAPD sad. The suspect then fled on foot.
The suspect continued firing several rounds at responding deputies, striking another with gunfire, officials said.
“The suspect once again fled on foot and fired at a third group of deputies. The deputies returned fire, but the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction and out of view. It is unknown if the suspect was struck by the deputy gunfire,” the police report said.
The LAPD contained the area and conducted a search over about four blocks.
“Both deputies were transported to a local hospital where they are being prepared to undergo surgery. Their condition is fair at this time,” the LAPD said.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the gunman holed up in a home in Bellflower and had been holding someone hostage. He was arrested after deputies tossed tear gas into the building.