Calif. deputy shot while serving warrant; suspect arrested

By Brian Day
The Whittier Daily News

MONTEBELLO, Calif. A sheriff's SWAT team deputy was shot Wednesday while serving a search warrant, officials said.

A man was arrested in connection with the shooting, which occurred just after 6:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Orcutt Drive in Montebello, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Tony Moore. The deputy had been treated and released as of Thursday morning, authorities said.

Pico Rivera sheriff's station gang deputies were serving a search warrant, looking for a suspect involved in a shooting, Sgt. John Hocking said, but he did not have details on the previous shooting.

"Due to the suspect's violent behavior, deputies summoned a special weapons team," he said.

As the SWAT team approached the house, the suspect opened the door and fired at them, Hocking said.

The injured deputy was not identified, but authorities said he is 52 and a 20-year veteran of the department. He was struck in the upper body and the wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

The shooter, a man not identified by authorities, was the person they were serving the warrant for. He came out of the house and was arrested with the help of a canine.

He was taken to a hospital and examined for dog bites. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder of a deputy, Hocking said.

A second person was in the house. He was questioned, but was not arrested as of late Wednesday. Hocking said they were the only two people in the home.

Residents said they heard three large booming noises which sounded too loud to be gunshots.

Neighbors speculated the source of the sounds were possibly tear-gas grenades being thrown into the home, a neighbor who declined to be identified said in a telephone interview.

The neighborhood surrounding the shooting scene was locked down as authorities investigated the shooting, the resident said.

Yellow crime-scene tape and squad cars parked at every intersection prevented people from entering or exiting the area, as deputies swarmed the area and helicopters hovered overhead, she said.

Neighborhood residents lined the street to watch the activity, despite requests from law-enforcement officials for them to remain in their homes.

A neighbor said a woman she estimated to be in her 70s lived at the house where the warrant was served, possibly with her son.

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