A man was hospitalized Friday morning after being shot by a deputy at a tow yard in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood located in an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.
The shooting took place just before 4 a.m. near the intersection of Juniper Street and East 90th Street (map) where deputies responded to a prowler call, according to Capt. Rod Kucsh of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies went to a tow yard at the location and found a man inside a car who was revving the engine, Kusch said.
They ordered the man to exit the vehicle, but he did not, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
Believing the man may be trying to take the car, additional deputies were called to the scene, Kusch said.
In an attempt to flee, the driver allegedly struck one of the deputies with the driver’s side mirror, according to the news release.
When more deputies arrived, they again attempted to get the driver to exit the vehicle, however, the driver accelerated toward a tow truck in the yard and rammed it several times, the news release stated.
The driver then attempted to flee the location by speeding towards a deputy, who opened fire on the car, striking the driver, the news release stated.
The driver, who Kusch described as a black man in his late 20s, was taken to a local hospital and was being treated for his injuries.
He was listed in fair condition, according to the news release.
The man’s connection to the car or the tow yard was unclear, according to Kusch.
It was also unknown if the man had any weapons on him or inside the vehicle.
After initially indicating no deputies were injured in the incident, an updated news release stated that one deputy sustained an injury to his left hand when he was struck by the driver’s side mirror.