3 people were killed in police shootings in L.A. and Orange counties this weekend

Los Angeles and Orange County authorities are investigating a series of officer-involved shootings over the weekend that resulted in three deaths.

One incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Anaheim when officers fatally shot a gunman after he shot and wounded another man and fired at a police helicopter involved in his pursuit.

Officers fired at the gunman after he refused orders to drop his weapon, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

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The next shooting occurred in Los Angeles County about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Sheriff's deputies were following three men in a car as they sped through residential streets in Paramount and came to a stop in a driveway. The deputies opened fire after the driver put the car in reverse and hit a deputy.

The driver was shot in the leg, and he and the two passengers were arrested after he rammed the car into another vehicle while trying to escape, said Deputy Lisa Jansen, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.

One of the passengers pointed a weapon at the deputies as they approached on foot, but investigators have not found the weapon, Jansen said.

The deputy who was struck by the car was treated for "non-life-threatening injuries" and released from the hospital Saturday night. The driver is expected to survive his shooting injury, Jansen said.

In Inglewood early Sunday, police shot two people during a confrontation, authorities said.

The incident began when officers got a call about a suspicious vehicle stopped near Manchester Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue about 3:10 a.m., said Scott Collins, a spokesman for the Inglewood Police Department.

The officers noticed the woman in the car had a gun and ordered her and a male occupant to exit the vehicle, Collins said. Officers then took cover and opened fire, hitting both people.

The woman was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting, and the man succumbed to his injuries after paramedics took him to a hospital. No police officers were injured.

Collins would not say whether the pair had refused to exit the vehicle or whether the woman had shot at or pointed the gun at police officers.

In San Pedro, an off-duty LAPD officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect after a drive-by shooting, which left one man dead early Saturday, authorities said.

The officer was driving his personal vehicle near 12th and Gaffey streets about 2:15 a.m. when he witnessed the drive-by shooting, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez. The officer followed the suspect's sport utility vehicle, which stopped about a mile away, at which point the suspect fired at the officer, Lopez said. The officer returned fire, Lopez said, but the SUV sped west on Santa Cruz Street.

Several rounds hit the officer's vehicle, but he was not injured, Lopez said. It was not clear whether the officer's gunfire struck the suspect.

Police had no further description of the suspect, who remains at large.

frank.shyong@latimes.com

Times staff writers Kate Mather and Stephen Ceasar contributed to this report.

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