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Sheriff’s Deputies Shot After Chase in East Los Angeles

At least two Los Angeles County deputies were hit by gunfire following a chase that ended in East Los Angeles, officials said.

Deputies Shot in East Los Angeles

Sheriff’s Deputies Shot After Chase in East Los Angeles

Three male suspects were in a vehicle stopped by the deputies.

SKY9 flying overhead saw what appeared to the body of a suspect under a sheet.

Another suspect was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.

An additional suspect is in custody.

Initially, it was reported that there were four suspects in the vehicle. Reports of a fourth suspect that was at large turned out to be erroneous, officials said.

Two deputies were transported to nearby County USC Medical Center by deputies in their patrol cars. The deputies — both shot in the upper torso — were upgraded to stable condition Wednesday evening.

The incident took place near Salazar Park in East Los Angeles just before 6:40 p.m.

Authorities said the suspects were originally wanted for an assault.

KCAL9’s spoke to witnesses who saw the deputies chasing the suspects in a slow-speed pursuit.

Fernando Mercado said he ran outside when he heard gunshots.

“Actually, I was sitting in my living room waiting for my wife to come by. All of a sudden, we see a black car go by with about three cop cars run after it. First, they were going really slow. I came outside to see what was going on. They jumped the curb at the park.”

Mercado said he heard more than a dozen shots.

“Possibly more than 15,” he said.

While one suspect is confirmed dead, officials could not say if the suspect was hit by deputy fired or struck in the cross-fire of the shootout.

“I thought at first it was firecrackers,” said Mercardo. “but when I saw the police officers, the sheriff’s with the guns drawn, said oh no.” He then told his wife to remain inside.

KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reported from County USC where Sheriff Jim McDonnell came to check on the deputies.

He met with the deputies’ families and then gave the media an update.

“We’re very fortunate that they’re in serious but stable condition,” he said, “This could’ve ended up very differently tonight.”

McDonnell said the deputies were both “seasoned veterans” in their 30s and that both men were both shot once.

“Both have over 10 years on the job,” he said “I don’t want to go into details on the injuries in the upper body. But they’re in good hands here at this hospital.”

Kim reported that soon after the deputies were brought to the hospital, an endless line of fellow deputies, police and first responders arrived as well — all to show their support.

Sheriff McDonnell said, “LAPD reached out right away to see if they could be helpful. We appreciate the thoughts and prayers from so many.”
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