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A man, armed with what turned out to be a black replica handgun, is in the hospital Thursday after being shot in the leg by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies in the unincorporated area of Willowbrook, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies responded about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to an “assault with a deadly weapon” call in the 1600 block of Imperial Highway, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau reported.

ABC reported that the call came in as a woman reportedly being threatened by a man with a gun.

Deputies arriving at the scene located a man in a black trench coat wearing a black hat, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a news statement.

The suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun, as the deputies exited their marked patrol car and pointed the weapon at them. He was then struck in the leg by gunfire from the deputies.

No deputies were injured and the man was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and expected to survive.

A black replica handgun was recovered at the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at

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