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Deputies shoot motorist during confrontation in Paramount

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and wounded a driver and arrested him and two passengers after a deputy was struck by the suspects' vehicle during a confrontation Saturday night in Paramount, authorities said.

Deputies were following the three men as their car sped around residential streets in Paramount about 9:25 p.m., said Deputy Lisa Jansen.

When the car stopped in a driveway, the deputies walked up to the vehicle and saw a passenger, a 34-year-old man, pointing a gun at them, Jansen said. After the car backed up and hit one of the deputies, the deputies fired an unknown number of times, striking the driver, a 32-year-old man, in the leg, Jansen said.

Deputies arrested the driver and the second passenger, a 24-year-old man, after the driver crashed the car into another vehicle while attempting to flee, Jansen said. They arrested the other passenger after he got out of the car and tried to run away.

The driver was treated at a local hospital and was expected to survive, Jansen said. The deputy who was struck by the vehicle was also treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was released that night, Jansen said.

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The suspects, whose names have not yet been released, were booked on suspicion of assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon. The gun used in the incident has not been recovered, Jansen said. 

Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department continued to investigate the shooting Sunday morning.

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