Sheriff’s Official: Deputy Shot, Killed During Investigation

Sheriff’s Official: Deputy Shot, Killed During Investigation
Officers Respond To Shooting In Hawaiian Gardens Area

POSTED: 3:51 pm PDT June 24, 2005
UPDATED: 6:36 pm PDT June 24, 2005
from NBC4 Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy died after a shooting Friday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s department.

Gunfire was reported at about 3 p.m. in the Hawaiian Gardens area during an operation involving the uniformed gang enforcement deputy, according to sheriff’s officials. The location is about 10 blocks east of the 605 Freeway.

Authorities said a witness called 911 to report the shooting, which occurred during a confrontation involving the deputy and a suspect at a residence. Shots were fired after the deputy knocked on the residence’s door, according to the sheriff’s department.

The deputy was shot in the head, according to Larry Waldie of the sheriff’s department. He was transported in a helicopter to UCLA-Medical Center in critical condition.

Sheriff’s department officials initially reported that a second deputy was shot, but authorities later said the responding deputy’s injuries were not caused by gunfire. Sheriff’s officials said the second deputy was injured when he fell.

That deputy was hospitalized at Tri-Cities Hospital.

A SWAT unit was dispatched to the area near Carson Street and Norwalk Boulevard. Deputies and at least one canine unit also are at the scene.

A department spokeswoman said investigators are attempting to determine what led to the confrontation. Residents in nearby homes were moved to safety.

“Our deputy personnel are trying to interview as many people as possible,” said a department spokeswoman. “This is a very, very emotional thing for us to deal with — any time deputy personnel are shot. That said, we have a job to do and we can best serve that deputy by doing our job in the field.

“We know we have an armed and dangerous suspect in the area.”

Sheriff Lee Baca was at the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Louisville, Ky.

NBC4’s Doug Kriegel reported that sheriff’s officials said it is standard department procedure for deputies to wear body armor on the front and back of the upper body when on duty. Authorities said they were unable to confirm whether the deputy was wearing armor at the time of the shooting.

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