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L.A. County deputy hospitalized after shooting in Lynwood; suspect in custody

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized after a shooting Monday evening in Lynwood, authorities said.

The shooting happened about 7:20 p.m. near 112th and Lorraine streets, said Deputy Eric Ortiz, a spokesman for the department.

The deputy had responded to a robbery in progress call on the border of Lynwood and Compton, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told The Times that the robbery suspects were identified by victims who flagged responding deputies down.

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Deputies followed the suspects and the suspects opened fire, Villanueva said.

The sheriff confirmed one suspect was in custody and another remained at large Monday night.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told The Times one of the suspects abandoned a black truck and fled on foot.

The source said the wounded deputy was taken to St. Francis Medical Center and was alert, the source said.

“The deputy is out of surgery and doing good,” Villanueva said.

For at least one resident of the neighborhood, the shooting was an aberration from the typically quiet environment.

Arlene Ulloa told The Times she was inside her home around 7:30 p.m. when she heard about 20 gunshots in quick succession.

A few minutes later law enforcement personnel swarmed the area with sirens blaring, Ulloa said. A helicopter circled overhead as authorities searched for the remaining suspect.

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Times staff writer Matthew Ormseth contributed to this report.


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