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Deputy shoots South Gate man on bicycle

Deputy shoots South Gate man on bicycle
Approximate location of the incident is shown in black.
(Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.)

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a deputy’s shooting on Saturday of a South Gate resident who was riding a bike.

The shooting occurred in the 9600 block of Atlantic Avenue.

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As described by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, “a deputy made contact with a ‘suspicious person’ riding a bicycle.”

A physical confrontation ensued, according to the department. “The deputy, believing that the suspect was armed with a handgun, fired one round from his duty-weapon,” according to the department.

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Chalino Sanchez was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Later, he was booked on two misdemeanor warrants and released.

A department spokesman was unable to confirm Sunday whether a gun was found. Nor could he say what made the deputy suspicious of Sanchez.

There were no reported incidents Sunday involving cyclists participating in CicLAvia, a community event for which major streets were closed between downtown Los Angeles and the beach.

A bomb squad was summoned more than once to investigate unattended belongings along the CicLAvia route, but nothing untoward was found, L.A. Police Officer Cleon Joseph said.

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