Suspect accused of pulling gun on deputy hospitalized after shooting in Van Nuys
Posted by Debbie L. Sklar on February 14, 2017
The shooting, which took place about 2:45 p.m. Monday in the 7300 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, occurred during an investigation of apparent drug use. Authorities did not specify what kind of drug the suspect was seen consuming.
A deputy with the sheriff’s Transit Policing Division was having lunch when he saw a group of males sitting on a patio at the location and saw at least one of them using drugs, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The deputy walked outside and two of the males walked away northbound and out of view, she said. The deputy detained the other two males and conducted a weapons pat down of the first male.
“As he was patting down the second male, that suspect then produced a handgun and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Alexander said.
The suspect was struck by gunfire and was taken to a hospital where he was in serious condition, she said. The deputy was uninjured.
“A handgun believed to be possessed by the suspect was recovered at the scene,” Alexander said.
—City News Service