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2 LA county sheriff’s deputies shot at DUI checkpoint, manhunt for shooter ongoing


BELLFLOWER, Calif. — Authorities say two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have been shot in a Los Angeles suburb.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/28UUOM6 ) that the shooting occurred about 10:50 p.m. in Bellflower.

The deputies were conducting a DUI checkpoint when they noticed a car driving erratically trying to flee the checkpoint. A deputy on motorcycle pulled the car over, but the suspect got out of the car and began shooting at the deputy. The deputy was shot but returned fire according to ABC 7.

Deputies then pursued the suspect to a residential cul-de-sac where another deputy was shot in an exchange of gunfire before the suspect fled again.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at some point a third shooting occurred as another deputy tried to stop the suspect.

The sheriff’s department says both deputies that were hit by gunfire were taken to hospitals. The sheriff’s department says on its Twitter account that the deputies are in fair condition and expected to survive. Authorities did not release more details about the incident.

The LA Times reports that a manhunt for a suspect or suspects was underway along Lakewood Boulevard between Alondra Boulevard and Flower Street, as of 11:50 p.m. Authorities were advising the public to avoid the area.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Los Angeles Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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