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Deputy shot in face by gang member in East LA

January 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was shot and in critical condition after being shot in the face during an exchange of gunfire with an alleged gang member on parole in East Los Angeles, authorities said. A second deputy shot and killed the suspect.Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Deputy Mohammed Ahmed and his training officer were on routine patrol near Floral Drive and North Brannick Avenue on Tuesday evening when they approached a man and a woman in a car parked in a red zone.

According to authorities, the suspect got out of the car and began fighting with Ahmed and then shot him in the face.

"The shot deputy went down to the sidewalk," Sheriff Lee Baca said. "The training officer ultimately was facing the suspect and struggling with him. That same suspect that shot the first deputy put the gun to the second deputy's chest. The deputy slapped the gun away from his chest."

That's when the deputy fired at least two shots, fatally wounding the suspect.

Officials said the suspect, whose named was not immediately known, had two guns in his possession.

Ahmed was transported to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where family members, fellow deputies and Baca gathered to be with the critically injured deputy.

Officials said the bullet was lodged in the right side of his face.