California shootout leaves suspect dead, deputy injured
May 27, 2014
A traffic stop in Compton Monday morphed into a shootout in Long Beach that left the suspect dead and a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy wounded. [NBC LA]
During the traffic stop Monday morning, the suspect, a man in his 20s, engaged in a struggle with two deputies and then fled by foot. The deputies caught up with the suspect and another struggle ensued in which the man attempted to seize one of the deputies’ guns. A shootout then began, Sheriff’s Lieutenant Steve Jauch said.
Witnesses reported hearing several rounds of gunfire. The suspect died on the scene, and a deputy suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach but survived.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the shooting to determine whether the deputies’ use of deadly force was justified.
Neighbors described the suspect as a good guy who was planning to finish college. Some suggested the deputies instigated the shooting as part of an ongoing power struggle in the area.