Suspect shot and wounded by deputy in Compton

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says deputies were dispersing gang members suspected of selling drugs when they came under fire. One suspect was wounded. He and another man are arrested.
By Ari B. Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 11, 2008
A deputy shot and wounded a man near the border of Compton and Lynwood on Saturday night after the deputy came under fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the 500 block of East El Segundo Boulevard about 9:15 p.m. to disperse a group of suspected gang members who were believed to be selling drugs, authorities said.

The group scattered, and a deputy in a patrol car chased two men, who scaled a fence, according to the department. A short time later, authorities say, shots were fired at the deputy after he spotted the men and got out of his car.

One of the men was wounded in the neck, the department said in a statement. A second suspect was arrested hours later after a search, according to the statement.

Authorities said the second man was holding an ammunition clip compatible with a handgun found at the shooting scene.

While officers were looking for the second man, another deputy fired at a car that he said was moving toward him in a threatening manner. The driver, who was not hurt, was arrested and charged with blankault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

That incident occurred about 1 a.m., less than a quarter of a mile from the first shooting. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Johnie Jones said the two shootings were “not related” directly.

Both men arrested in connection with the first shooting were charged with blankault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. The wounded man was treated at a hospital and taken into custody. Their names were not released.

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