Wounded South LA chase suspect identified; remains in hospital

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A kidnapping suspect who was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a chase through South Los Angeles was identified as 26-year-old Hector Javier Puga.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Friday, deputies noticed the suspect's vehicle near 99th Street and Budlong Avenue. After running the car's plates, authorities learned the suspect was wanted for attempted kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect then lead deputies on a chase through South Los Angeles, where he eventually stopped his white SUV on W. 43rd Street, west of Vermont Avenue.

He appeared to point a weapon at the deputies and was injured in an exchange of gunfire.

He stumbled onto the front porch of a nearby home, where he sat for nearly an hour before he surrendered to SWAT personnel.

Authorities said he remains in the hospital in fair condition.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau Lt. Hernandez at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call "Crime Stoppers" at (800) 222-8477 or text TIPLA at 274637.

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