Auto Theft Suspect Shot by Deputies in Pearblossom

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A police vehicle is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Getty Images)

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Deputies shot and wounded an auto theft suspect who they say brandished what turned out to be a replica gun at them in Pearblossom on Friday.

The shooting took place about 7 p.m. along  the 34000 block of 133rd Street East, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

Deputies approached a man who was wanted in connection with an auto theft, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. He fled.

“As he ran, the suspect produced a firearm from his clothing,” according to the statement. “After a foot pursuit, the suspect turned toward one of the deputies with the firearm in hand, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

The man was hospitalized in stable condition with a single gunshot wound to the upper body, sheriff’s officials said.

“The suspect’s firearm was recovered at the scene,” the Sheriff’s Department statement said. “It was later determined to be a replica firearm.”

No deputies were hurt during the incident.

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