Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators provided a few new details into Thursday afternoon’s shooting of a reckless pursuit suspect.
The driver, described only as a male Hispanic, is in stable condition at this hour after being flown by helicopter to an area hospital, suffering a single gunshot fired by a deputy, investigators said in a written statement.
The pursuit began somewhere near Citrus Avenue and Baseline Road just after 5:51 p.m.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s San Dimas Station initiated a chase with the suspect after he reportedly was seen brandishing a handgun from his white Chevy Malibu. The suspect fled his vehicle on Citrus Avenue south of Alosta Avenue through the passenger door and reportedly brandished the handgun at deputies, investigators said.
A deputy-involved shooting then occurred with the suspect being struck once in the upper torso. The suspect continued fleeing on foot, but subdued a distance later, deputies said.
The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.
Multiple investigations are initiated when a deputy-involved shooting results in the wounding of a suspect. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau and Office of the Inspector General are also investigating.
Investigators are still on scene.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org.