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Authorities released information about a 29-year-old ex-convict who shot and wounded a deputy during a shootout in November in Santa Clarita.
The suspect also was wounded in the shootout, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at an apartment complex in the 21300 block of Bottletree Lane, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the LA Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
A woman had called authorities that night to report that someone pointed a gun at her as she was getting out of her vehicle, the sheriff’s department reported.
The suspect fled near the pool area of the apartment complex, and deputies also learned that there was a possible second suspect.
“When deputies arrived on scene, they contacted the victim and began a search for the suspects,” according to a sheriff’s statement.
“One of the suspects, who was located in the parking area near the pool, fired his handgun towards the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. Four deputies were involved in the incident, one of (whom) suffered a gunshot wound to the neck.”
The gunman was wounded at least once in the upper body, the sheriff’s department reported.
A juvenile was found in a one of the apartments and was detained for questioning, but he was not arrested.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the suspect, identified as Monolito Guerra, is a 29-year-old parolee who had been released from prison in October.
The deputy, also 29, suffered a “through-and-through” wound to his neck, McDonnell said. The four-year veteran of the department was rushed to a hospital by fellow deputies and was released the next day. He continues to recover, authorities said Thursday.
Guerra was transferred to a medical jail ward and booked on suspicion of parole violation.
Through their investigation, homicide detectives learned that Guerra was initially arrested on Oct. 15, 2014. He was sentenced to state prison on Feb. 2, 2016, according to authorities.
Guerra was serving a five-year prison term for evading arrest, a four- year prison term for a secondary charge of evading arrest, and an eight-month prison term for assault with a deadly weapon.
Guerra was paroled to Santa Clarita on Oct. 19. The deputy-involved shooting occurred less than six weeks later, authorities said.
—City News Service
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