South Gate: Deputy shoots, wounds suspect who struck another deputy with vehicle during chase, authorities say

BELLFLOWER, Calif. (KABC) -- A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a driver during a chase in South Gate on Friday morning after the suspect struck another deputy with a pickup truck, authorities said.

The chase was sparked after deputies received a call about a family disturbance in the 9500 block of Pritchard Street in Bellflower. Police were dispatched after the caller provided a car description.

The suspect's mother, Annmarie Casas, tells Eyewitness News that she was the one who called police because her son was displaying some odd behavior.

"My son hasn't been doing very well. He needed a mental eval. He drank bleach this morning at 4 o'clock in the morning," said Casas.

About 20 minutes later, deputies received another report of a woman possibly being held against her will about two miles away in South Gate. Authorities then determined that the calls were related.

Deputies diverted to that area to respond to the possible kidnapping. Upon arriving, they noticed the suspect's vehicle, a white GMC pickup truck, and the chase ensued.

The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. in the area of Century Boulevard and Garfield Avenues, where a deputy deployed a spike strip and was hit by the pursued vehicle, according to sheriff's officials. The deputy suffered minor injuries.

A fellow deputy opened fire, striking the suspect in the chest, authorities said. The driver then made his way back to the home on Pritchard Street where the initial call came from.

Deputies descended on the residence and entered through the back door just as the suspect walked out the front door where he surrendered to deputies.

Authorities realized the suspect had sustained a gunshot wound in the shooting and was transported to a hospital in unknown condition.

The suspect is expected to survive, a sheriff's spokesperson said.
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