Sheriff's cruisers in El Monte
Sheriff’s cruisers at the scene of the deputy-involved shooting in El Monte. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A man who authorities say pulled what is believed to be a fake gun on a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy in El Monte is hospitalized Wednesday after he was shot and wounded by the deputy.

Deputies on patrol in the area of Seaman Avenue and Giovane Street spotted the man around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night carrying packages and tried to talk with him, Lt. Derrick Alfred told CBS2.

The deputy spotted the gun in the man’s waistband and ordered him to put his hands up, Alfred told reporters at the scene.

The man allegedly grabbed for the gun and that’s when the deputy fired one shot, which hit the man, Alfred said to CBS2.

The man’s injury is not considered life-threatening. He was taken to a hospital. No deputies were hurt.

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