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Suspect in fatal crash shot by deputy

October 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A suspect in a fatal crash was shot by a sheriff's deputy after trying to flee on foot. Sheriff's deputies wrapped up their investigation at two crime scenes, roughly two blocks apart on Monday night.

The first area of investigation was the scene of a deadly car crash. A 24-year-old Compton woman was killed when another vehicle slammed into her car at the corner of El Segundo and Compton Avenue.

Two sheriff's deputies and residents witnessed the accident, and saw the driver of the other car flee the scene.

"There was an accident on the corner, and the guy was walking away from the scene, and the police tried to stop him. He didn't want to stop, so the police drove and the lady pulled out her gun and tried to get him to stop. He hit her on the head, and as she was falling to the ground she started shooting," said Kenny Paris, who witnessed the altercation.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said one deputy stayed behind at the accident scene, while a female deputy chased the suspect. Officials say the suspect refused to surrender.

"When the deputy finally caught the suspect, there was a fight ... a serious fight. And, the deputy was seriously injured. Following this, the deputy shot the suspect in the upper torso several times," said Sgt. David Infante, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Witnesses say the female deputy fired shots after she had been hit in the head by the suspect.

"First it was like four gun shots. Then, he charged at her again. And then, she shot at him three more times and that was it," said Paris. "She was on the ground the whole time shooting. So, she was already getting attacked."

The sheriff's deputy was released from the hospital on Monday night. She was treated for cuts and abrasions.

The suspect remains in critical condition. He underwent surgery earlier Monday night.

The identity of the 24-year-old woman killed in the accident has not been released. Authorities are still trying to reach the woman's family.

Eyewitness News Reporters Leslie Sykes and Melissa MacBride contributed to this report.


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