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Los Angeles deputy responding to arsonist at gas station gets stabbed in the face, two suspects shot, one fatally


Richard Winton

Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy opened fire during a confrontation in Commerce early Friday that left one suspect dead, another injured and a deputy hospitalized with stab wounds to his face, authorities said.

The shooting occurred after deputies responded to a call shortly before 4 a.m. from the Speedway Express gas station at Whittier Boulevard and Gerhart Avenue, where a man was allegedly trying to start a fire using gasoline, said sheriff’s homicide Lt. Derrick Alfred.

During a confrontation between one of the deputies and the man, a woman came up and stabbed the deputy in his face with what is believed to have been a folding knife, Alfred said.

It is unclear whether the injured deputy or a second deputy then shot the man, Alfred said. Either the round went through the man and hit the woman, or it directly hit the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

“We won’t know exactly until we get a look at her,” he said. “The paramedics covered her up.”

The unidentified man and the deputy were both taken to a hospital, Alfred said. Their conditions were unknown.

Detectives have not retrieved the knife because it is believed to be under the woman’s body, he said. The coroner has yet to move the body.

The shooting was the 19th so far in 2021 in Los Angeles County in which someone was hit by a deputy’s gunfire.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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