A suspect wounded in a deputy-involved shooting Saturday afternoon in an attempt to stop him for traffic violations in Norwalk reportedly had stable vital signs at a hospital tonight where he was treated and was expected to survive, a sheriff's lieutenant said.
The shooting occurred at 4:06 p.m. at in the 11300 block of Fairford Avenue at Foster Road, said sheriff's Lt. John Corina of the Homicide Bureau Detective Division.
"Deputies were on patrol in the City of Norwalk when they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic violations," Corona said. The vehicle failed to stop and continued westbound in the 11300 block of Foster Road.
"As the vehicle drove west, the suspect, a 23-year-old Hispanic male, tossed a black semi-automatic handgun from the passenger window," the lieutenant said.
"The vehicle drove a short distance and quickly pulled over to the curb. Suddenly the suspect exited the passenger side of the vehicle at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred," Corina said.
"The suspect was struck one time in the upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. He is listed in stable condition and is expected to survive," he said.
Two other people in the vehicle were not injured, and were detained for questioning as witnesses, Corina said. The deputies were not injured.
Deputies recovered a loaded handgun from the parkway where the suspect had tossed it, he said.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500, or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
—City News Service.