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Driver runs over masked gunman in East L.A.

November 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man in East Los Angeles drove into his driveway and saw a masked man pointing a shotgun at him. Instead of driving away, he stepped on the gas and drove into the gunman.The incident happened on Nevada Avenue south of Michigan Avenue around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver's SUV went over the sidewalk, through a fence and ended up in a yard, pinning the suspect underneath.

Witnesses said they saw the shotgun on the ground and heard the suspect calling for help.

"I was inside doing my homework, and then I just heard a loud crash and when I came out, I just seen the car on the fence and then that's when I heard someone scream to help him," said a witness. "That was when we just tried to stay quiet, tried not to do anything and we just called the cops."

Deputies said the gunman was 25-year-old Jason Perez. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and taken to the hospital for moderate injuries.

Investigators were trying to figure out a motive.

The driver was not injured and authorities said he acted in self-defense.