SOUTH GATE (CNS) – Authorities continued to investigate the shooting of a man by police in South Gate, sheriff’s officials said Saturday.
The gunfire was reported around 4:50 p.m. Friday in the 8400 block of San Juan Avenue, near Lugo Park, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was assisting the South Gate Police Department with the investigation.
LASD detectives learned that a South Gate field sergeant was flagged down by a man who told the sergeant that a driver pointed a gun at him, according to Deputy Grace Medrano.
The sergeant located the vehicle allegedly involved in the 3900 block of Independence Avenue and tried to detain the suspect at gunpoint. However, the 39-year-old suspect exited his vehicle and began to reach for something in his waistband, Medrano said.
That’s when the sergeant opened fire, she said. The suspect was hit in his right leg and fled the scene on foot.
He then went into a residence in the 8400 block of San Juan Avenue, Medrano said. A short time later he surrendered to police without incident. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound. His current condition was unknown.
A loaded semi-automatic handgun was found at the scene, Medrano said.