An alleged gunman was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies after he opened fire and injured a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy in Walnut Park Saturday morning, officials at the scene said.
The incident began when a Transit Services Bureau deputy made contact with a pedestrian, who then pulled out a gun and shot the official around 4 a.m., according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.
The deputy returned fire, but it was not known if he struck the gunman, the release stated.
The gunman fled the scene and was later found hiding in a dumpster near the 2700 block of Grand Avenue (map) after an extensive manhunt. A second deputy-involved shooting ensued after the man again brandished his weapon, authorities said in the release.
He was shot by deputies and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
The deputy, who was shot in the arm, was treated at a hospital and released before 6:40 a.m., LASD official Marc Lucio said.
The alleged gunman’s identify was not released pending confirmation and notification of next of kin.
It was not immediately clear why he was stopped in the first place.