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3 suspects killed in 3 deputy shootings

September 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies opened fire and killed a man Sunday in Norwalk, the third deadly shooting involving deputies over the weekend.The man killed in the latest shooting was fatally shot in the parking lot of a motel in Norwalk. He was shot by a deputy after pulling a loaded handgun on the officer, according to authorities. That gun was eventually recovered in the motel parking lot.

The shooting occurred around 9 a.m. Sunday at Towne House Motel in Norwalk, at the 11600 Block of Imperial Highway. It is the third deputy-involved shooting in the southeastern part of Los Angeles County in less than 24 hours.

The first one happened Saturday around 7 p.m.in Lynwood, on the 3100 Block of Banning Avenue. A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed when he pointed a handgun at deputies. The handgun was recovered from the scene.

The second shooting happened a few miles away in Compton around 3 a.m. near Atlantic Avenue and Alondra Boulevard.

A man allegedly robbing a taco truck was being chased by deputies. He ran onto an onramp on the 710 Freeway and that's when the gun battle ensued.

One deputy was shot in the leg and taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital and eventually released, and the suspect was shot several times and died at a local hospital.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male. His identity was withheld pending notification of his family.

Authorities say all of these shootings will be thoroughly investigated.

"In the case of every deputy-involved shooting, we have a response from the homicide bureau, as well as our internal affairs, the district attorney's office, and our office of independent review, so each case is looked at from several different angles," says Lt. Patrick Nelson of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Last week, Sheriff Lee Baca met with community activists to talk about the department's policy in the use of deadly force. This came after the death of Athens resident 36-year-old Darrick Collins. The father of two was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy after being mistaken for a robbery suspect .

"In these cases in which a suspect is found to be unarmed, that is the deputy shot believing he was armed but he ends up not being armed, in those cases, the sheriff has ordered these cases to be completed within 90 days," says Michael Gennaco of the Office of Independent Review.

This new policy will likely not apply to these latest shootings because the suspects were armed. It could take up to two years for the Office of Independent Review to complete their investigations.

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