Off-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy is wounded in gunfight
Off-duty L.A. County sheriff’s deputy is wounded in gunfight
LOS ANGELES, CA-OCTOBER 12, 2017: The LA County Sheriff headquarters in the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

Doug Smith
Los Angeles Times

An off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy was wounded in a gunfight early Sunday in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

A statement released by the Sheriff’s Department said the deputy, who was not identified, was driving with two passengers in the 800 block of North Hazard Avenue about 2:25 a.m. when he was approached by a Latino man about 20 years old.

The man fired at the deputy with a handgun, and the deputy returned fire, the statement said.

The deputy was struck one time in the lower body and drove himself to a hospital for treatment. His wound was not life-threatening.

The suspect, who ran, was reported to be wearing a red sweatshirt and black shorts.

The deputy’s two passengers were not injured.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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