Update, Sat. 2:15 p.m. The two sheriff's deputies who were wounded in the gun battles are off the critical list. One deputy underwent surgery and is in serious condition but he's improving. The other is in fair condition. Both remain hospitalized. Suspect Juan Martinez, 39, wasn't wounded during the confrontations. He remains jailed on $10 million bail.
After an early morning standoff, Los Angeles law enforcement arrested a suspect who shot two sheriff's deputies Thursday night in Bellflower, leaving one critically injured.
L.A. Sheriff Lieutenant Joe Mendoza told KPCC the man who shot two deputies Thursday night was safely taken into custody after an eight-hour standoff with law enforcement.
The man was identified Friday as Juan Martinez. It’s unknown if he’s affiliated with a gang or if he was on any substances.
As of Friday morning, one injured deputy was out of surgery, said L.A. Sheriff spokesperson Nicole Nishida said. Surgeons were continuing to operate on the second deputy.
The incident in Bellflower began at about 10:49 p.m. Thursday night. Deputies were conducting a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard when they saw the man driving erratically. He made a quick right turn onto a side street.
The man allegedly got out of his car and shot the deputy who was following him on a motorcycle. The two exchanged fire before more deputies arrived, also exchanging fire with the suspect, leaving another deputy shot and injured. The suspect allegedly exchanged fire with a third set of deputies in the 9000 block of Oak Street before holing up at a residence in the 9000 block of Mayne Street.
Three people safely left the residence and spoke with deputies at the scene. A fourth occupant, who was in a rear garage converted into a residence, was taken hostage for a brief period of time. Mendoza said the hostage is now safe.
The sheriff's department's Special Enforcement Bureau used tear gas to help extract the suspect and he was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital because of possible effects from the gas. It is unknown whether he was hit by any gunfire from the deputies during the standoff.