A man who was being booked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lakewood station was wounded in a deputy-involved shooting after taking a woman who works at the facility hostage on Friday, officials said.
The incident occurred about 12:50 p.m. inside the sheriff’s station located at 5130 Clark Ave., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The woman, a sheriff's custody assistant was booking the man into the jail when he allegedly got aggressive and physically violent with her.
“She’s 4 foot 11, he’s like 5 foot 10, 260 pounds — a big guy,” Detective John Corina noted.
She was by herself with the suspect, described as a 26-year-old Pacific Islander, when he punched in the face, Corina said.
“He then grabs her and rips off her holster,” which was holding a stun gun, the detective said.
“He’s got the Taser in one hand, he’s got her hair in another (and) drags her across the floor into a holding cell,” which he closed, locking both inside without realizing it’s impossible to unlock from the inside, according to Corina.
At some point, the woman was able to trigger a panic alarm, and other sheriff's staff responded. Deputies first tried to pepper spray the suspect, but it had no effect, officials said.
Fearing for the woman’s life, they then shot him in the arm and chest, Corina said. But he still didn’t go down.
He was eventually handcuffed after a stun gun was again used.
The woman was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, broken nose and a concussion, the Sheriff's Department said.
The suspect was in critical yet stable condition following surgery Friday night.
The man, whose name was not released, was initially being booked on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, officials stated.
Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.