2 Los Angeles County Deputies Shot, Suspect Arrested

Authorities arrested a suspect Friday after he allegedly opened fire and struck two deputies while fleeing a DUI checkpoint the night before.

The sheriff’s department stated the shooting happened in Bellflower (CA) at about 10:50 p.m. Thursday.

During an early Friday morning press conference, authorities said deputies were conducting a DUI checkpoint in the area when a suspect began driving erratically in an attempt to flee from the checkpoint.

A motorcycle deputy attempted to stop the suspect who then exited the vehicle and began shooting. The motorcycle deputy fired back and was hit during the firefight. The suspect then got back in his car and fled the scene, authorities said.

ABC 7 reports that deputies went after the suspect and ended up in a residential cul-de-sac where a second shooting occurred. Another deputy was struck by gunfire, and the suspect fled again. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at some point, a third shooting occurred as another deputy tried to stop the suspect.

The two deputies were rushed to the hospital and are in critical but stable condition.

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