A woman who detectives say was involved in an altercation with a man before he died in South El Monte is in custody Thursday after striking a deputy and the victim with a vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Deputies from the Temple Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday to a parking lot of a business shopping center in the 9600 block of Garvey Avenue where they saw a man and a woman in an altercation, said Deputy Miguel Meza of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

As the deputies detained the man, the woman, believed to be in her 30s, got into a vehicle, conducted a U-turn and intentionally drove toward the deputies and the man, Meza said.

The woman collided with a patrol vehicle, struck one deputy and the man, believed to be in his 50s, and led deputies on a chase. At some point during the pursuit her vehicle became disabled and deputies arrested her.

The man who deputies detained was pronounced dead at the scene, Meza said.

The deputy that was struck by the suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-threatening injuries and later released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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