Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Car. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Car. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Car. Photo by John Schreiber.

A driver rammed his car, repeatedly, into a sheriff’s squad car, aimed it at deputies and was shot at twice before crashing it into a backyard camper vehicle full of sleeping people in Lomita on Sunday.

The man drove over bushes, across lawns and through a fence before crashing into the camper, deputies said. None of them were hurt.

The suspect was later identified as Mario Morales, of Lomita. His age was not made public.

It all began at 2:10 a.m. when people called 911 to report that a person was screaming for help near 246th Place and Pennsylvania Avenue, said Deputy Crystal Hernandez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The first deputy to arrive was standing next to his car when the suspect vehicle cam speeding towards him, according to the sheriff’s department narrative statement. The deputy jumped out of the way and saw Morales ram his car into the squad car three times.

“The suspect continued his assault, driving over the curb and through several bushes, still attempting to run over the deputy.” department’s statement said. The deputy fired his gun at the vehicle and hit it, but the shot did not hit the driver.

The car roared off, across lawns and through bushes, at high speed, the department said. Morales allegedly aimed at a second deputy on foot, and that officer also fired at the car, missing the driver.

Morales then sped his car east on 246th Place. A quarter mile away he slammed the car into a fence, hit a house and crashed into a backyard.

His car hit a camper and broke a water main. The persons sleeping inside the camper were not hurt.

Morales was treated at a hospital and then arrested.

As is standard procedure in deputy-involved shootings, the department is conducting two investigations, one by local detectives and the other by the sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau, the department said.

Meanwhile, sheriff’s deputies are also investigating the shooting death of a man in the 45400 block of Corkwood Avenue in Lancaster.

The initial call came in at 10:34 p.m. Saturday.

The man was found gravely injured and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No further details were available.

The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is asking anyone with information to call (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be left by calling (800) 222-8477, texting TIPLA to 274637 or at the website http://lacrimestoppers.org .

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