More details emerged Wednesday about the incident where two suspects fired with an AK-47 rifle at deputies who were pursuing them after responding to a ‘shots being fired’ in Lynwood.
The details came as 2 Lynwood Cops Team deputies were recognized at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters in Commerce by Sheriff Lee Baca.
When officers responded to a nearby location, they were just in time to see the suspect carrying an AK-47 type of weapon get into his getaway vehicle.
Driving toward the sound, the two deputies immediately observed a gunshot victim lying on the street and simultaneously saw the suspect getting into a vehicle being driven by another individual.
The two deputies summoned medical help for the victim and began pursuit after the suspects, who in turn, began shooting at the deputies with the rifle.
“During the pursuit, the suspect in the passenger seat leaned out the car window and began to shoot at the pursuing deputies with an AK-47 type assault rifle,'' Deputy Irys Alvarez, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department, said.
The suspect shooting at the deputies then jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran into a neighborhood near Santa Fe Avenue and Pine Street in Compton. The driver a few moments later crashed the vehicle and was immediately placed under arrest. The suspect who fled into the neighborhood by foot was later taken into custody after Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the area.
Despite multiple gunshots, the victim was transported to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition.
“We are relieved that our deputies were not hit by gunfire,” said Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. “We thank them for their bravery and willingness to risk their lives to protect the public.”
Sheriff Baca, who called for the press conference to talk about crime statistics throughout all of Los Angeles County, recognized the two deputies and thanked them for their work.
The two deputies are part of the Century Sheriff’s Station’s Lynwood Cops Team. The Lynwood Cops Team includes five deputies, one sergeant and one K-9 deputy with two dogs. The Lynwood Cops Team is unique in that it does not receive ‘calls for service,’ said Chavez.