Monte Morin and Natasha Lee, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy interviewing a woman and a man outside a Hawaiian Gardens apartment was fatally shot Friday when a gunman burst out of the residence, put a handgun to the officer's face and fired, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputies fanned out across Hawaiian Gardens late Friday in search of the gunman, who apparently surprised Deputy Jerry Ortiz, 35, as he spoke to the woman in the doorway of her apartment. Authorities said Ortiz probably died instantly.
"This was an assassination of a deputy," Sheriff Lee Baca said. "It was a sudden attack that gave the deputy no chance."
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