COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A gunbattle during a traffic stop near Los Angeles left a suspect dead and a sheriff’s deputy wounded, authorities said Thursday.
A man in the backseat of a sedan suddenly opened fire on two deputies shortly after they pulled over the car for traffic violations late Wednesday in Compton, officials said.
Both Los Angeles County deputies fired back. One of them was struck in the arm and the torso, “which thankfully was stopped by a bulletproof vest,” Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The deputy was hospitalized and was expected to survive, he said. The second deputy suffered minor injuries after falling backward during the shootout.
The suspect, described by authorities as a known gang member, was shot and died at a hospital.
Two women inside the car were detained and interviewed by detectives, and the suspect’s handgun was recovered.