Retired sheriff's deputy shot, wounded after answering door at Redondo Beach home

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A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded multiple times after answering the door at his home in Redondo Beach. (KABC)

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded multiple times after answering the door early Thursday morning at his home in Redondo Beach, authorities said.

Neighbors said the 75-year-old who was shot is Matt Turner, who is also a former U.S. Navy submariner.

Officers responded just before 12:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Avenue G, according to the Redondo Beach Police Department. They arrived to find the victim suffering from three gunshot wounds.

Turner said the shooter knocked on the door and asked for a person by name. When the resident said there was no one at the residence by that name, the gunman opened fire.

"We're not sure what the name was at this point," police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. "But that's something that we're going to hopefully find out in our investigation as it goes on."



Turner, who lives alone, called 911 himself. He was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for the wounds in his wrist and abdomen. Turner is expected to survive.

A neighbor who looked out of a window described the suspect as being about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and wearing a blue or gray jacket.

"I saw him running ... just really, really fast," the woman told reporters at the scene, her voice cracking with emotion. She declined to be identified by name.

"Then I saw them wheel our neighbor out and he had a gunshot wound right here," she said, pointing to her upper torso.

Officers conducted a search of the area, assisted by an aerial drone, but were unable to locate the shooter.

Neighbor Bret Dean described the incident as "very unusual" for the area.

"This is a quiet neighborhood, for sure," Dean said. When asked if Thursday's shooting made him feel less safe, he replied: "No, I have confidence in the police around here -- but definitely lock the doors at night."

Police detectives said there was no sign of a robbery at the home.
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