Authorities Thursday identified a man who was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in East Los Angeles during a confrontation that left a deputy wounded.
Ivan Pena, 42, of Los Angeles died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Monday in the 3600 block of Misner Avenue, according to the coroner’s office and the sheriff’s department.
The wounded deputy, whose name was not released, was hospitalized in stable condition.
According to Sheriff Jim McDonnell, the deputy and his partner had seen a vehicle at the location with three people inside.
“As they began to interact with the people in the car, one of the deputies spotted something that was suspicious,” McDonnell said at a news conference in the hours after the shooting. “At that point, one of the individuals in the vehicle got out and an altercation ensued. The suspect came up with a gun. The deputy and the suspect were engaged in an altercation for the gun.”
The deputy’s partner saw what was happening and approached the scene with her weapon drawn and the deputy-involved shooting occurred, McDonnell said.
A weapon was recovered at the scene, he said.
California Highway Patrol officers were in the area, heard what was occurring and responded, along with East Los Angeles station deputies.
The fatally wounded man had been a passenger in the rear of the vehicle, sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said. The two other people in the car — a 42-year-old man and a 30-year old woman — were detained by deputies, but neither took an active role in the altercation, sheriff’s officials said.
The wounded deputy is a field training officer with more than 10 years with the department and his partner is a trainee with about three years on the job.
“We’re optimistic about his chances for a full recovery,” McDonnell said.
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