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Man Apprehended Hours After Exchanging Gunfire With Deputies in Bellflower, Authorities Say

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Authorities launched a manhunt in the Bellflower area after a shooter exchanged gunfire with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities on Thursday apprehended a “very dangerous” man in his late 20s who hours earlier had exchanged gunfire with deputies in Bellflower, officials said.

Tear gas was deployed before the gunman was taken into custody, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau announced on Twitter at 9:44 p.m. The agency did not say where the man was apprehended.

According to an earlier news release, Sheriff’s Department detectives about 2:45 p.m. attempted to contact an adult male pedestrian in the area of Woodruff and Rosecrans avenues.

The man brandished a handgun and fired “several” rounds at the deputies, at least one of whom returned fire, according to the release. The gunman then ran into a nearby residential neighborhood, authorities said.

No deputies were injured and it was unknown if the man was struck by gunfire, the Sheriff’s Department said.

A massive search was launched, supported by a sheriff’s SWAT team, helicopter and K-9 units. Residents of the area were asked to remain inside their homes.

The man being sought was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with dark, short hair and a medium build, wearing black shorts and a “baggy” gray T-shirt.

Anyone with information was asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s Lakewood station at 562-623-3500.