4 arrested in L.A. deputy shooting

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Four suspected gang-members were arrested early Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer following a shooting that wounded a sheriff’s deputy in south Los Angeles, authorities said.

The suspects were taken into custody during an intense overnight search involving more than 100 deputies and other law enforcement personnel, according to LA County Sheriff’s Lt. Gregory Nelson. Their names were not released.

Nelson said the investigation is ongoing and investigators want to talk to more people in connection with the shooting Friday night in the Florence area, several miles south of downtown.

At least three gunmen in a group of suspected gang members opened fire as three deputies approached them while on patrol just after 9:30 p.m.  The deputies returned fire as the suspects all ran off, according to a department statement.
The officer was shot once in the abdomen. He was in stable condition after undergoing surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, deputy Nicole Nishida said. His name was withheld. The 15-year veteran is part of the department’s Operation Safe Streets gang investigation and enforcement bureau.

Sheriff Lee Baca, who went to the hospital to check on the deputy, told Channel 7 the suspects were members of a gang “that’s rather renowned for its violence.”
Investigators initially said five or six suspects were being sought.

Numerous squad cars from the sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies joined the search, working out of a command post near the shooting site. Several streets were closed and residents were told to stay inside their homes.

The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff’s Homicide and Internal Affairs bureaus, officials said.

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