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Deputies shoot man, mistook cellphone for gun during foot chase

Crime tape ropes off the scene of a deputy-involved shooting in the Mid-City area on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
September 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was shot and injured after deputies mistook his cellphone for a handgun during a foot pursuit in the Mid-City area.

The incident happened shortly before 4 p.m. when two deputies came across a man they believed to be a felony suspect.

They opened fire after the man allegedly reached for his waistband and removed several objects, including drugs and a black object.

The suspect ran behind an apartment building and climbed over a wall. He was still holding the black object when deputies caught up with him, so they opened fire once again, this time hitting him.

The black object turned out to be a cellphone.

The man is expected to survive. The shooting is now under investigation.


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