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Modern Bonnie & Clyde: Married fugitives wanted for jail escape, shooting LA County sheriff's deputy

Media outlets are calling Darnell and Tania Washington a modern day
Media outlets are calling Darnell and Tania Washington a modern day "Bonnie and Clyde."
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Darnell Washington and his wife, Tania Washington, are on the run, likely somewhere in Southern California. Darnell Washington escaped jail last week, likely with his wife's help, which was followed by a shootout with an L.A. Sheriff's deputy and a string of car jackings.

San Bernardino officials say Darnell Washington was in jail, awaiting a court hearing on charges of robbery and receiving stolen property, when he managed to escape on Aug. 28. Officials believe Tania helped the escape by picking him up outside the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore. 

How did he manage it? Jodi Miller of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said that's currently under investigation. Miller said it's "not at all" common for inmates to escape. 

What happened next has media referring to the Washingtons as a modern day "Bonnie and Clyde." 

A Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy stopped the couple in El Monte because the car they were driving matched the description of a reported stolen vehicle. While waiting for backup (law enforcement seldom approach a potentially stolen vehicle solo), officials say Darnell shot at the deputy. After a shootout, where the deputy was hit with a shotgun blast, the Washingtons fled, allegedly hijacking two different vehicles in their escape.

They were last seen in South Gate on Sunday, driving a light blue Plymouth Voyager. 

Anyone who spots them should call 911 — officials say the couple is armed and dangerous.

The injured deputy was treated and released from a hospital.