L.A. sheriff's deputy shoots, wounds man who allegedly pulled handgun at Van Nuys restaurant

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who allegedly pulled a firearm on the deputy Monday afternoon at a restaurant in Van Nuys, authorities said.

The shooting was reported about 2:45 p.m. at a Cuban restaurant near Van Nuys Boulevard and Valerio Street, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy was eating lunch at the restaurant when he saw a group of men at the restaurant’s patio. One of the men appeared to be using narcotics, sheriff’s officials said in a statement.

The deputy approached the group. Two of the men walked away and headed north, out of view, and the deputy detained the remaining two.

During one of the pat-downs, a man pulled out a handgun, and the deputy then opened fire, authorities said. Officials did not provide further details about what immediately preceded the shooting. 

The man, whose identity was not released, was struck by an unknown number of gunshots and was taken to a hospital, where he is in serious condition.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, sheriff’s officials said.

The deputy who opened fire is assigned to the Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Services Bureau, the unit that provides security and policing services to the Metro rail and bus network across L.A. County.

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UPDATES:

10:05 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details about what led to the shooting.

This article was originally published at 3:45 p.m.

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