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Deputy Wounded, Suspect Is Arrested

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the shoulder early Friday and a suspect was arrested after a 9 1/2 -hour manhunt, authorities said.

The man was taken into custody about 1:30 p.m. in an area near the shooting scene, Deputy Colin Matsumoto said. The suspect’s identity was not immediately released.

Deputy Jesse Melgoza and his partner were questioning a person about 4:10 a.m. when a man a “short distance away” began firing at them with a rifle, officials said.

The deputies fired back and the man fled.

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Melgoza, an 11-year veteran, was treated at a hospital and released.

His partner, Deputy Arturo Gabriel, was not hurt.


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