After search, deputies shoot, kill suspect in Walnut Park attack

A SWAT team searched for a suspect in an incident that lead to the shooting of an L.A. sheriff's deputy Saturday morning.
A SWAT team searched for a suspect in an incident that lead to the shooting of an L.A. sheriff's deputy Saturday morning. Courtesy Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

Update 1:00 p.m. Sunday: Suspect had outstanding warrant

A suspect who shot at L.A. County Sheriff deputies in Walnut Park Saturday had an outstanding warrant, LASD said Sunday. 

The transit services deputy who was initially shot stopped the suspect while he was sitting on a bus bench. 

"It was just a consensual encounter. And during that encounter, it was learned that the suspect had an outstanding warrant," said Lt. Holly Francisco of the L.A. Sheriff's Homicide Bureau. 

Update 10:02 a.m. Saturday: Deputies shoot, kill suspect in earlier Walnut Park shooting

A man suspected of shooting and injuring an L.A. County sheriff's deputy has been shot and killed, the L.A. sheriff's department confirmed Saturday.

After a search that stretched for several hours, a SWAT officers discovered the suspected gunman in a dumpster near the incident, on the 2700 block of Grand Avenue, deputy Lillian Peck told KPCC. The suspect then threatened the officer with a gun, and was shot and killed.  

Paramedics tried to treat the injured man, but "ultimately the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene," Peck said. 

The officer who was injured in the initial shooting at 4:00 a.m. has since been treated and released from a nearby hospital, Peck said. He has been with the department since 2010. 

It's not yet clear why the deputy had attempted to stop the suspect. Peck said detectives still need to interview the injured deputy on what happened.

An LASD commander tweeted Saturday afternoon that some roads near the two incidents are still taped off so detectives can continue their investigation.  

9:27 a.m. Saturday: Deputy injured in Walnut Park shooting 

L.A. sheriff's homicide detectives are searching for a suspect after an early morning shooting left a deputy injured, sheriff's officials said.

The incident took place at Pacific Boulevard and Grand Avenue in Walnut Park shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Deputy Kelvin Moody told KPCC the surrounding area has been taped off as deputies search for the suspect. 

"All we know right now is that a deputy was shot and sustained a non-life threatening injury," he said.

Moody said it's not yet clear whether the suspect was shot. 

This story has been updated.

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