A man who allegedly pointed a handgun at deputies serving a warrant in the South Whittier area was wounded Wednesday when at least one deputy opened fire, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau deputies went at 5:40 a.m. to a residence in the 12400 block of Shoemaker Avenue to execute the “high risk” search warrant for a suspect who was wanted for an assault with a firearm, according to the Deputy Alejandra Parra.
Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro said SWAT deputies “advised their presence,” but there was no response from anyone inside.
“Forced entry was made,” Calderaro said in a statement. “When the deputies made entry into the residence, an individual produced a handgun, pointed it at the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The man was struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. No deputies were injured in the shooting.
Detectives retrieved a handgun from the scene, authorities said.
An LASD investigation into the shooting was ongoing and anyone with information about the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.