As politicians debate the legality of automatic weapons in Washington, the LASD faced an encounter closer to home January 8th when two suspects fired at two deputies with an AK-47 near Lynwood.
According to an LASD press release, the two officers were patrolling in the Compton area when they heard the sound of automatic weapon fire nearby. When they arrived at the source, the deputies found a gunshot victim lying in the street while a vehicle sped away.
The deputies contacted medical assistance while they began their pursuit of the vehicle. During the pursuit, the passenger leaned out of the car window and opened fire on the deputies. The unscathed deputies continued their pursuit even as the shooter jumped from the car and ran into the neighborhood.
The pursuit ended when the driver crashed near the area of Santa Fe Avenue and Pine Street and was taken into custody. After establishing a perimeter, officers were able to locate both the driver’s accomplice and his weapon. The male victim is currently listed in stable condition after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. The LASD has not released the names of the suspects.
“We are relieved that our deputies were not hit by gunfire. We thank them for their bravery and willingness to risk their lives to protect the public.” said LASD Captain Mike Parker.
In a televised press conference, Deputy Chris Gomez, one of the officers shot at, echoed Captain Parker’s sentiments.
“Ultimately, we were able to catch the bad guy without getting shot.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets (Compton) at (310) 605-6525. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
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