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08/31/2001

ATF Agent, Deputy Shot in Santa Clarita

(Los Angeles Times -- Associated Press) Aug. 31, 2001

A gunman shot and wounded a federal agent and a sheriff's deputy today, then barricaded himself inside a home, forcing authorities to evacuate the exclusive Southern California neighborhood.

"ATF agents were trying to serve a search warrant and it went bad," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy David Cervantes.

He said the victims included a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent and a sheriff's deputy. The condition of the victims was unknown.

The heavily armed gunman has been shooting randomly out of his house, said Sgt. Ken Davidson.

The Stevenson Ranch neighborhood, 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles near Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park, was evacuated while deputies and agents were brought in by helicopter.

"We believe he is armed with numerous weapons," Davidson said.

The shooting started about 8:30 a.m.

Davidson said deputies were negotiating with the gunman.

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