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.