[symple_googlemap title=”Lennox DIS ” location=”10200 block of Inglewood Avenue , Lennox, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”16″]

A deputy shot and wounded an unarmed tagger in his early 20s after he was chased and found hiding in a shower inside a house in Lennox, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The deputy-involved-shooting took place in the 10200 block of Inglewood Avenue early Sunday, shortly after midnight, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez.

According to the department, a deputy was driving south on Inglewood Avenue when he saw a young man spray-painting gang graffiti on a wall. The deputy then called for backup before he tried to detain the tagger.

The suspect saw the deputy and ran across Inglewood Avenue and into a house, according to Navarro-Suarez. When the other deputies arrived they went to the house into which the tagger had disappeared.

The deputies entered the house and found a the man hiding in the shower area of the bathroom, Navarro-Suarez said. That’s where the DIS took place.

The man was hit in the upper chest and transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Navarro-Suarez said. The suspect was not identified.

There was no immediate word on what precipitated the shooting or why less than lethal force was not used to subdue the man.

No weapon was recovered, according to Navarro-Suarez.

The DIS was being investigated by the sheriff’s homicide and internal affairs bureaus, the LASD’s Office of Inspector General and the L.A. County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division.

Anyone with information on this DIS was asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. All tips can be made anonymously.

—City News Service

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