A search was on Monday for two men who fled after being confronted by residents in the backyard of a home in South Gate, while a third man was shot by arriving officers and taken to a local hospital, investigators said.
The incident began about 11:30 p.m. Sunday when four people at a home in the 5200 block of Katella Road (map) noticed three men inside their backyard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
The two men and two women confronted the intruders, who pulled out handguns and a fight ensued, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
During the fight, one of the intruders and one of the residents fell into the backyard swimming pool, where the fight continued.
Eventually, all three of the intruders jumped over a wall in the backyard and attempted to run away, according to the news release.
One of the armed intruders then confronted a South Gate Police Officer in the front yard of the home, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
The officer opened fire and struck the man in the upper torso but the man still fled, jumping into and running through neighboring backyards, according to the news release.
The man was eventually located hiding underneath a parked vehicle and transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
The police officer was not injured in the incident.
The four residents, as well as three children who were inside the home at the time, where also uninjured, according to the news release.
Authorities located several handguns at the scene but did not find the other two men.
“The two other suspects are not in custody and active attempts to locate them remain underway,” the news release read.
The suspects were described only as Hispanic men in the news release.
The Sheriff’s Department was assisting South Gate police with the investigation into the shooting.
Anyone with information about the incident was encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).