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A motorist who allegedly struck a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy with his car was shot and later died after a short pursuit Thursday evening that ended with the man's vehicle crashing into a fire hydrant.

Authorities responded to an apparent deputy-involved shooting Cerritos on May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities responded to an apparent deputy-involved shooting Cerritos on May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident began about 4:30 p.m. after a resident called 911 about a suspicious woman in the 13000 block of Beach Street in Cerritos.

"There was a female knocking on doors asking for people inside the residence that didn't live there," Lt. Eddie Hernandez said.

When a deputy responded to the neighborhood, he spotted a car matching the caller's description with a woman standing nearby. The deputy detained the woman and approached the car, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

Authorities had initially reported that multiple people were detained, but later clarified that only the one woman was being held for questioning.

Firefighters looked into a vehicle after a deputy-involved shooting in Cerritos on May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters looked into a vehicle after a deputy-involved shooting in Cerritos on May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

"As (the deputy) got closer to the vehicle, he saw that the driver ... looking like he was trying to conceal himself from the deputy," Hernandez said.

The driver appeared to be "fumbling around in his pocket and waist area," Hernandez said.

When the deputy ordered the driver to show his hands, the man accelerated forward, striking the deputy, the release stated.

"Fearing for his safety, the deputy fire at the suspect," Hernandez said.

The man continued driving and was followed by a patrol vehicle, according to the release. He lost control in the 17200 block of Pires Avenue, about a half-mile away, and crashed into a fire hydrant and electrical pole, triggering an explosion, authorities said.

The site of a deputy-involved shooting and crash in Cerritos are shown on May 7, 2015. (Credit: LoudLabs)

The site of a deputy-involved shooting and crash in Cerritos are shown on May 7, 2015. (Credit: LoudLabs)

The driver of the car was declared dead at the scene and the deputy was hospitalized with minor injuries.

The woman was being detained for questioning, the release stated.

Crime scene tape was blocking off Aclare Street about one block away. It was not clear how the scenes were related.

Records for the license plate of the crashed vehicle indicated it was a rental car.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra Tijerino and Scott Williams contributed to this article.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect timeline of events. It has been updated.

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