The shooting happened near Lakewood Boulevard and Oak Street at about 10:50 p.m. Thursday two deputies were critically injured. There were three separate shooting scenes with multiple shots being exchanged.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the gunman “attempted to murder” the deputies in a shooting that led to a neighborhood search and hostage situation.
The deputies were conducting a DUI check point on Lakewood Boulevard and tried to conduct a stop. A motorcycle deputy followed the driver who then stopped on Lisa Avenue, got out of the vehicle and pulled out a firearm, and shot at the deputy, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies responded to the scene and the gunman shot several more rounds, striking another deputy, according to the news release.
The deputies, both men, were rushed to a hospital where they were in critical, but stable condition early Friday morning. Both deputies were underwent surgery, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
After the initial shooting of the motorcycle deputy on the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue, who attempted to stop him, the suspect then drove a short distance to cul-de-sac where a second shooting occurred. Another deputy was struck by gunfire and the suspect fled again.
The man then fled on foot and exchanged gunfire a third time with another group of deputies near the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Alondra Boulevard.
The gunman was eventually located in a residence where he was holding someone hostage according to one news source. Tear gas was deployed and he was taken into custody without further incident.
The original news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department was as follows:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding an attempt murder of Lakewood Station deputies that left two deputies injured. The incident occurred in the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue, Bellflower, on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at approximately 10:49 PM.
Detectives have learned that deputies were conducting a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard when they attempted to conduct a vehicle code enforcement stop. The vehicle was followed by a motorcycle deputy, at which time the vehicle came to a stop on the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue. The driver stepped out of the vehicle, produced a firearm, and fired several rounds at the deputy striking him multiple times. The deputy returned fire and the suspect fled on foot.
The suspect continued his assault, by firing several rounds at the responding deputies, striking one of them with gunfire.
The suspect once again fled on foot and fired at a third group of deputies. The deputies returned fire, but the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction and out of view. It is unknown if the suspect was struck by the deputy gunfire.
The area was immediately contained and a search of the area is being conducted at this time. Deputies from the Special Enforcement Bureau are actively searching for the outstanding suspect.
Both deputies were transported to a local hospital where they are being prepared to undergo surgery. Their condition is fair at this time.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public to stay away from the area until it is safe.
The suspect is described as a male adult.
There is no further information available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. 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.
LA County has tweeted “Deputies being treated at local hospital, in fair condition. Expected to survive injuries. Thanx 4 well wishes”