2 Suspects in Custody, 1 Injured After Deputy-Involved Shooting in Compton: LASD

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An apparent bullet hole pierced the windshield of an unmarked law enforcement vehicle in Compton on Sept. 24, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

An apparent bullet hole pierced the windshield of an unmarked law enforcement vehicle in Compton on Sept. 24, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

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Two robbery suspects were taken into custody, including one who was hit by gunfire, after a deputy-involved shooting in Compton Monday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

The incident began with a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the area of Rosecrans and Wilmington avenues, according to authorities.

Two detectives who were in an unmarked car in the area heard the robbery call and responded, sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said.

The detectives located the suspect vehicle as it left the location, began following it and requested backup, he said.

Then, shortly before 9:30 a.m., the suspects stopped their vehicle in the 700 block of West Spruce Street, prompting the detectives to do the same with their car, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

“Both suspects exited the vehicle — appears that the driver exited the vehicle with a firearm, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Moore said.

The 18-year-old driver, described as a black male, was struck in the upper body and taken to a local hospital in unknown condition. The 17-year-old passenger, also described as a black male,  fled the scene, but was apprehended a short time later and detained at the scene, according to Moore.

Authorities have not released the names of either suspect.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspects fired any shots at the detectives. Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the windshield of the deputies’ vehicle, but it was unclear who fired the shot that pierced the glass. A black semi-automatic handgun was recovered and located at the scene.

One detective suffered a minor laceration above his eye during the incident, but is expected to be OK.

No additional details were immediately released.

Anyone with information amid the ongoing investigation is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323 890-5500, or leave an anonymous tip by dialing 800-222-8477.

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