04/02/2008

Off-duty L.A. officer shoots knife-wielding suspect

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Francisco Vara-Orta and Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Tuesday shot and wounded a driver who allegedly brandished a knife after the two men pulled over on the 105 Freeway in Hawthorne, authorities said.

Officials closed all eastbound lanes from Crenshaw Boulevard to Hoover Street for nearly four hours to investigate the incident, which occurred as the deputy, a nine-year veteran, was driving home after a night shift training deputies at the nearby Lennox station, said sheriff's Sgt. John Hocking.

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